Definition of ceasefire in English:

ceasefire

noun

  • 1A temporary suspension of fighting; a truce.

    ‘the latest ceasefire seems to be holding’
    [as modifier] ‘a ceasefire agreement’
    • ‘Should we start taking bets on when these militant terrorist groups will break the ceasefire?’
    • ‘One thing is certain however, the ceasefire and the peace process are gone for the moment.’
    • ‘Significantly, the ceasefire has met opposition from many nationalist politicians.’
    • ‘Well I think you have to look at the difference between this agreement and other ceasefires that have failed.’
    • ‘A tentative ceasefire broke down last Tuesday leading to fresh fighting in the suburb.’
    • ‘The logic of their demands to strengthen the military and renegotiate the ceasefire is to plunge the island back to war.’
    • ‘On 5 October there was a ceasefire, confirmed by the Dayton Peace Agreement signed on 21 November.’
    • ‘War with people who break their ceasefire agreements is the default position.’
    • ‘What is not needed is the short-term fix of a temporary ceasefire - something much more drastic and enduring is required.’
    • ‘Each day without violence raised the political cost of breaking the ceasefire.’
    • ‘If the ceasefire is broken then we will not be able to go there, look after our crops and harvest.’
    • ‘New Delhi is in the midst of formulating a reply because the ceasefire ends on July 31.’
    • ‘The Good Friday 1998 power sharing agreement led to a ceasefire by most of the paramilitary organisations.’
    • ‘Second, start demanding a ceasefire so that the humanitarian crises can be attended to.’
    • ‘A death toll that tops nearly one dozen in the first day of a military ceasefire offers little grounds for hope.’
    • ‘As the months go by, the international community continues to negotiate agreements and ceasefires, while aid workers on the ground struggle to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.’
    • ‘They typically served to monitor ceasefires and supervise truces; occasionally, peacekeeping missions were deployed to keep belligerents apart as in Cyprus in 1964.’
    • ‘Amid great excitement, the government and rebels reached a ceasefire agreement at the beginning of last year.’
    • ‘During that time, the government wants to examine the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.’
    • ‘The fighting shows no signs of diminishing, despite partial and temporary ceasefires.’
    ceasefire, armistice, suspension of hostilities, cessation of hostilities, peace
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1An order or signal to stop fighting.

Pronunciation:

ceasefire

/ˈsiːsfʌɪə/