peace noun

1 not war

ADJ. lasting, permanent | fragile, uneasy | relative The country is in a state of relative peace after ten years of fighting. | world obstacles in the way of world peace

VERB + PEACE bring about, establish, make | keep UN troops are trying to keep the peace in the region.

PEACE + VERB come | prevail, reign An uneasy peace prevailed in the first days of the ceasefire.

PEACE + NOUN conference, congress, negotiations, process, talks This must not be allowed to hold up the peace process. | efforts, initiative | formula, plan, proposal | accord, agreement, deal, pact, settlement, treaty | broker, envoy | mission The president is visiting the country on a peace mission. | activist, campaigner, protester | group, movement | rally

PREP. at ~ (with) Although the two countries were officially at peace, fighting continued. | ~ between peace between the warring factions in the area | ~ with England finally made peace with France.

2 state of being calm

ADJ. inner | perfect

VERB + PEACE find, seek She finally found inner peace and happiness. | disturb, shatter The peace of the afternoon was suddenly shattered by a police siren. | leave sb in Go away and leave me in peace!

PEACE + VERB reign She stopped shouting, and peace reigned supreme once again. | descend on sth, settle over sth Peace descended once more on the little town.

PREP. at ~ Her father is at peace (= dead) now. | at ~ with For the first time in months, she felt calm and at peace with the world. | in ~ to live in peace and harmony

PHRASES peace and quiet/tranquillity The island is a haven of peace and tranquillity. | peace of mind The computer comes with a three-year guarantee for peace of mind.