verb (1)
\ ˈhȯlt How to pronounce halt (audio) \
halted; halting; halts

Definition of halt

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to cease marching or journeying
2 : discontinue, terminate the project halted for lack of funds

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a stop the strike halted subways and buses
2 : to cause the discontinuance of : end halt hostilities



Definition of halt (Entry 2 of 4)

: stop The car came to a halt. brought production to a halt


verb (2)
halted; halting; halts

Definition of halt (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to walk or proceed lamely : limp
2 : to be in a state of uncertainty or doubt between alternate courses or choices : waver
3 : to display weakness or imperfection : falter The argument often halts and sometimes breaks down completely.



Definition of halt (Entry 4 of 4)

: having a manner of walking that is impaired by a limp : lame

Synonyms & Antonyms for halt

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (2)

Antonyms: Verb (2)

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Examples of halt in a Sentence

Noun They put a halt to the rumors. The car skidded to a halt.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Port of Durban, Africa's largest port, was forced to halt operations due to the floods, causing disruptions in supply chains. Angela Dewan, CNN, 13 May 2022 The public health crisis shut down theaters for nearly two years and forced film and television production to halt for months, depriving thousands of people of work. Brent Lang, Variety, 10 May 2022 In Ukraine, where a polio outbreak was detected in the fall, health authorities were forced to halt a nationwide vaccination campaign after the war began in late February. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, Ukrainian officials said they were forced to halt evacuations from the southern city of Mariupol for the second day in a row after Russian resumed shelling the city. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Fertilizer prices have already skyrocketed as soaring natural gas costs forced some European plants to halt or curtail production, and U.S. spot prices for potash in the Corn Belt have nearly doubled in the last year. Elizabeth Elkin, Bloomberg.com, 17 Feb. 2022 The effort paid off last month, when the nation of 2.8 million was able to halt its remaining gas purchases from Russia to protest the invasion of Ukraine. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 And yet when the company had to halt production at its Shanghai plant for three weeks, starting in late March, because of the Chinese government’s zero-tolerance approach to stopping the spread of omicron-variant of covid, Musk was silent. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Dive teams were forced to halt rescue operations Saturday evening due to the river's strong, fast current, according to the TMD. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As everywhere, 2020 brought everything to a halt, but the CFCC pointed to progress made across 2021 as the shape of things – and hopes – to come. Mathew Scott, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 The pursuit came to a halt when traffic blocked the driver on the Western Avenue off-ramp of the 101 freeway in Hollywood. Hyeyoon Alyssa Choi, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 But then March 2020 put the club’s decade-long anniversary year to a halt. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 Will increased diversity in the boardrooms of companies in California and beyond grind to a halt? Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 But pressure is mounting for a change to the zero-Covid strategy that has left Shanghai at a standstill since March, kept hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens under lockdown nationwide and is now threatening to bring Beijing to a halt. New York Times, 13 May 2022 But when Burton became an increasingly in-demand producer for acts such as The Black Keys, Beck and U2, and Trotter joined The Roots as the house band on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC late-night show in 2009, the project ground to a halt. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 11 May 2022 While milia do indeed look like whiteheads, that's where most of the comparisons come to a halt. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 11 May 2022 Both strongmen leaders lost their grips on power – and ultimately their own lives – after their own nuclear ambitions came grinding to a halt. Paula Hancocks, CNN, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ukrainian forces blew up railway bridges between the cities of Rubizne and Severodonetsk to halt Russian advances in the area, Ukrainian military officials said Sunday. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Beyond the elector strategy, Ward was among the Trump allies who launched a multipronged attempt to halt Trump's impending loss in Arizona in the days after the election. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 War continues to rage in eastern Ukraine, as Russian forces remain unwilling to halt their advance in a conflict that experts now say threatens to spill into other countries. NBC News, 30 Apr. 2022 Biden’s 18th-century solution to a 21st-century energy problem Green-energy dogma is like an ocean liner -- slow to change course and difficult to halt. Jonathan Lesser, National Review, 14 Apr. 2022 What are the latest Northeast Ohio business to put peace above profits and halt business in Russia? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2022 The gravest problem for the movie, though, is not its convolutions but its pit stops—those awkward interludes when people halt in mid-activity, sometimes with weapons in their hands, to utter a notable speech. The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 Some 300 biotech CEOs signed a pledge to halt business development in Russia. Denise Roland, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 The researchers decided to halt the action of the Yamanaka factors during this period, looking at the effects on the cells between Day 10 and Day 17. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is when the fairytale comes crashing to a halt smack-dab in the middle of the Footprint Center. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 6 Dec. 2021 Minor posted its biggest quarterly loss in the three months ended June and has cut thousands of jobs to stay afloat after the pandemic ground to a halt global travel and tourism. Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg.com, 9 Oct. 2020 In addition to full-time jobs for recent graduates, many spring and summer internships came to a halt mid-program or were canceled before the summer began due to the pandemic. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2020 In October, the Washington Department of Ecology ordered the company to keep its site clean and halt discharge of wastewater to storm drains. Scott Morris, ProPublica, 30 June 2010 He is expected to visit Tokyo Thursday and his office has lodge a formal complaint and request that US forces halt flight operations until the cause of Tuesday's accident is determined. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 13 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of halt

Verb (1)

1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halt

Noun and Verb (1)

German, from Middle High German, from halt, imperative of halten to hold, from Old High German haltan — more at hold

Adjective and Verb (2)

Middle English, from Old English healt; akin to Old High German halz lame

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“Halt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halt. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for halt


\ ˈhȯlt How to pronounce halt (audio) \
halted; halting

Kids Definition of halt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to stop or cause to stop marching or traveling
2 : end entry 2 We halt work at four o'clock.



Kids Definition of halt (Entry 2 of 2)

: end entry 1 sense 2 Call a halt to the fighting.

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