Main definitions of halt in English

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halt1

verb

  • 1Bring or come to an abrupt stop.

    with object ‘there is growing pressure to halt the bloodshed’
    no object ‘she halted in mid-sentence’
    • ‘Once four or five trusses have formed, pinch out the main growing stem to halt the plant's growth.’
    • ‘As water gushes down, its speed should be checked, slowly halted and made to glide and then its absorption should be facilitated, he says.’
    • ‘But the protesters, who are increasingly determined to halt the spread of wind farms, are unconvinced.’
    • ‘Just as in the case of the failure of deficit spending, more consumption by household will not halt recessionary pressures.’
    • ‘American companies will, in the next few years, come under intense political pressure to halt the loss of jobs to India and China.’
    • ‘Orkney had protested that the scheme - to halt livestock shipping in winds of force five or more - would disrupt transportation for months.’
    • ‘Certainly, at both sets of stalls the procession would halt, garlands would be draped over the Brahmins and political candidates, and more coconuts cracked over the rath.’
    • ‘A last-ditch bid to halt new charges being brought in for a car park at Holland-on-Sea has been thrown out.’
    • ‘Thailand's Nation mass media group said Tuesday it has been pressured to halt radio and TV broadcasts of political news and commentaries.’
    • ‘The silence was broken as the warder hung the notices, the crowd rushed forward, blocking the road, halting the traffic, and sweeping the police aside.’
    • ‘Quite clearly, there is a job of work to be done in terms of our relationship with Indonesia to in some way check or halt this process.’
    • ‘Because Clyde can't make it up some hills if he has to halt at certain stop signs, he has already been chastised for coming to a roll-stop by local police.’
    • ‘Then his fluent stride was halted when he broke the cannon bone in his right foreleg.’
    • ‘The whispered conversation had halted momentarily upon his abrupt arrival, but began again.’
    • ‘Before the flyovers were built, buses would halt at several stops on the road and this was convenient to many who lived or worked around these stops.’
    • ‘Scorpio Rising is one rollercoaster rise that doesn't end until the album halts to a complete stop.’
    • ‘However, the introduction of the euro will halt the practice that grew up under Milosevic regime of uncontrolled money printing, Krgovic said.’
    • ‘She had pressed the bell indicating that she wanted the bus to halt at the next stop where she would disembark.’
    • ‘Nobody has ever succeeded in halting the terminal decline.’
    • ‘This will include driving at a maximum speed of 30 kilometres an hour and dropping off and picking up passengers only after buses have halted exactly at their stops.’
    stop, come to a halt, come to a stop, come to a standstill, come to rest, pull up, draw up, stand still, draw to a stand
    cease, stop, finish, discontinue, terminate, conclude, come to an end, come to a halt, come to a stop, draw to a close, come to a standstill, be over, be abandoned
    terminate, end, stop, cease, finish, suspend, bring to a stop, bring to a close, bring to an end, put an end to, put a stop to, break off, wind up
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    1. 1.1in imperative Used as a military command to bring marching soldiers to a stop.
      ‘company, halt!’
      • ‘"Right, left, right, left, right, left, halt." "About face." "Forward march."’
      • ‘Company, halt!’

noun

  • A suspension of movement or activity, typically a temporary one.

    ‘a halt in production’
    ‘a bus screeched to a halt’
    • ‘As the breeze passed away, they came to a halt, breathing hard, straining to control the sound of their breathing.’
    • ‘While the inauguration of the mall was scheduled for 10.23 a.m., the crowd gathered an hour before bringing traffic movement to a halt.’
    • ‘But Katrina has forced production in the state to come to a halt.’
    • ‘Drainage activities ground almost to a halt as a result of a lack of funds.’
    • ‘The 2001 U.S. recession brought Mexican growth to a halt, and foreign investors have begun moving production to lower cost locations in Asia.’
    • ‘Homebuilding activity, forced to a halt during the war, instead of resuming remained at a standstill.’
    • ‘When a vehicle finally comes to a halt, it does so wherever the driver pleases, like a toddler falling asleep in the middle of the living-room floor.’
    • ‘When two siren-blaring ambulances screeched to a halt in front of Yashoda Superspecialities Hospitals, passers-by were alarmed.’
    • ‘All activity drew to a halt when Mom baked her cheesecake.’
    • ‘This was necessary, he argues, in part because the physical and cognitive costs of trying to accommodate all the information that was produced would bring the lab to a halt.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said on arrival in Valencia heavily-armed soldiers and police officers surrounded the area, bringing work at the quarries to a halt.’
    • ‘York motorists were hit with road chaos, as accidents and roadworks brought traffic to a halt, and panic-buying closed a busy petrol station.’
    • ‘The Humvee made a hard right and jerked to a halt.’
    • ‘An epiphany strikes me with the magnificent glory of a holy intervention and instantly brings my seizure to a halt.’
    • ‘AAF resumed production last week after closing its operation for nine months due to a halt in the supply of gas from the Arun fields.’
    • ‘Eventually, the party derails and Matty crashes to a halt.’
    • ‘After a high speed chase lasting several minutes, the car left the road and slid to a halt.’
    • ‘I for one, would love nothing more than a general stoppage which would bring production in the country to a halt!’
    • ‘But that is apparently as close as it got before the anomalous signal brought the activities to a halt.’
    • ‘On Monday, May 17, the BSE hit the bottom circuit of 10 per cent, twice leading to a halt in trading by three hours.’
    stop, standstill
    cessation, termination, stoppage, stopping, close, end, discontinuation, discontinuance
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Phrases

  • call a halt

    • Demand or order a stop.

      ‘he decided to call a halt to all further discussion’
      • ‘An order by its board of directors called a halt to operations at all production units, sections, services and departments.’
      • ‘He claimed that the probability is that in the course of a telephone conversation on the morning of 10 November Hitler instructed Goebbels to draw up an order calling a halt to the violence.’
      • ‘It was a tall order for Irish business to call a halt at such short notice and some annoyance was understandable.’
      • ‘A despairing Whitney calls a halt to proceedings.’
      • ‘A gentle breeze at low level becomes a dangerous gust at 233 ft, and when the anonometer tells him the wind-speed is around 37 mph, Ditchburn calls a halt to operations.’
      • ‘It is time somebody called a halt to this nonsense or even shouted stop.’
      • ‘The first step taken in halting spending running out of control is to call a halt to the hiring of staff.’
      • ‘After three hours of walking through the night, Bailey had called a halt and ordered a twenty minute rest.’
      • ‘The year 2001 could be the one in which America calls a halt to its long love affair with capital punishment.’
      • ‘It calls a halt to everything else across the borough.’

Origin

Late 16th century: originally in the phrase make halt, from German haltmachen, from halten ‘to hold’.

Pronunciation

halt

/hôlt//hɔlt/

Main definitions of halt in English

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halt2

adjective

archaic
  • Lame.

    • ‘"He who is halt" clearly refers to Zar, who walks with a painful limp because of a leg injury he suffered many years before.’
    • ‘If a woman were blind, the good wonder-workers would give her back her eyes; if a man were halt, they would give him back his leg.’

verb

[no object]archaic
  • Walk with a limp.

    ‘he halted slightly in his walk’
    • ‘Jacob steps forth to meet him halfway, alone, before an army, halting and limping and bowing down to the ground.’
    • ‘It was then perceptible that he halted slightly in his walk; and, indeed, he had been lame from his birth.’

Origin

Old English healtian (verb), halt, healt (adjective), of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

halt

/hôlt//hɔlt/