One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘hostilities had ceased’
come to an end, come to a halt, come to a stop, end, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, draw to a close, be over, come to a standstill
pause, break off
peter out, fizzle out, abate, fade away, die away
2‘they were asked to cease all military activity’
bring to an end, bring to a halt, bring to a stop, end, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, discontinue, desist from, refrain from, leave off, quit, shut down, suspend, break off, cut short
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