from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An order to stop firing.
  • n. Suspension of active hostilities; a truce.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of ceasefire.

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  • n. a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms


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  • This would include the acceptance of a two-state solution, recognition of Israel, and a long-term cease-fire by Hamas if reciprocated by Israel.

    Palestine Peace Not Apartheid

  • She called the cease-fire an "important step forward" for the country.

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  • The U.S. launched the missiles after concluding early Saturday that "the regime had no intention of complying with their so-called cease-fire announcement," a senior defense official said.

    Libyan Raids Show Obama Doctrine in Action

  • Gadhafi's forces toward Benghazi, and the attacks against civilian populace in both Benghazi and Misrata, meant "the regime had no intention of complying with their so-called cease-fire announcement," a senior defense official said.

    Allied Forces Attack Libya

  • NEW YORK—Crude prices fell after Libyan forces called a cease-fire, but reports of renewed fighting on the ground and the mobilization of Western forces raised doubts that the conflict would end soon.

    Oil Slips As Libya Eyes Truce, But Fighting Persists

  • The rebel commander also called the cease-fire "not important to us."

    Crude, Gold Prices Tumble After Libya Announces Cease-Fire

  • I felt that the Secretariat was cynically using the deaths of the four UNIFIL soldiers to push for what Annan had wanted for some time, namely a cease-fire, so I intervened to say that any PRST had to be focused on the precise issue at hand, the deaths of the peacekeepers, or it would be very hard to reach agreement.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • A rebel spokesman, Jalal al-Galal, called the cease-fire offer a publicity stunt.

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  • "Eventually, Israeli communities on the Israeli side of the Green Line will likely take land from Palestinians in the West Bank," said Etkes, referring to cease-fire lines that held until the 1967 Mideast War.

    The Seattle Times

  • ETA called a cease-fire in 2006, which was broken in December that year with a deadly car bomb at Barajas-Madrid International Airport after negotiations with the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero failed.

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