Avast definitions

ə-văst'
Used as a command to stop or desist.
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Stop; cease; halt.
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(nautical) Hold fast!; desist!; stay!.

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(parody of pirate slang) Listen!; pay attention!.

Avast, ye landlubbers!

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Origin of avast

From Middle Dutch hou vast hold fast hou, houd imperative of houden to hold vast fast past- in Indo-European roots