Halt definition

hôlt
To stop; pause.

The hikers halted for lunch and some rest.

verb
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To come or bring to a halt; stop, esp. temporarily.
verb
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To cause to stop.

The government hopes to halt tax fraud.

verb
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A suspension of movement or progress, especially a temporary one.

The car rolled to a halt when it stalled.

noun
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A command to stop.
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To walk lamely or move in an irregular fashion.
verb
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To be defective or proceed poorly, as in the development of an argument in logic or in the rhythmic structure of verse.
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The definition of halt is to hesitate, to put a stop to something or to come to a sudden stop.

An example of halt is when you stop speaking to catch your breath.

An example of halt is when you cut off funding, stopping progress on development.

An example of halt is when you shout at people to stop immediately.

An example of halt is when you stop moving or proceeding with the action you were doing.

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To proceed or act with uncertainty or indecision; waver.
verb
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Lame; crippled.
adjective
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A stop, esp. a temporary one, as in marching; pause or discontinuance.
noun
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(archaic) To walk with a crippled gait; limp; hobble.
verb
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To be uncertain; waver; hesitate.

To halt in one's speech.

verb
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To have defects.
  • To have a faulty meter.
  • To be illogical.
verb
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(archaic) Limping; crippled; lame.
adjective
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(archaic) Lameness.
noun
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An operation code that causes the CPU to stop.
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(intransitive) To stop marching.
verb
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(intransitive) To stop either temporarily or permanently.
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To bring to a stop.
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To cause to discontinue.

The contract negotiations halted operations for at least a week.

verb
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To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
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The contract negotiations put a halt to operations.

noun
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A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.

The halt itself never achieved much importance, even with workers coming to and from the adjacent works.

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(archaic) Lame, limping.
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To limp.
verb
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To waver.
verb
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To falter.
verb
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(dated) Lameness; a limp.
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call a halt
  • to order a stop, esp. temporarily
idiom
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the halt
  • those crippled by an injured or deformed leg or foot
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
halt
Plural:
halts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the halt

Origin of halt

  • German sing. imperative of halten to stop from Middle High German from Old High German haltan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English halten to limp from Old English healtian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English haltian (“to be lame”), from Proto-Germanic *haltaz. English usage in the sense of 'make a halt' is from the noun.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English healt (verb healtian), from Proto-Germanic *haltaz. Cognate with Danish halt, Swedish halt.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French halte, from German Halt

    From Wiktionary