\ 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
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

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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 As the fast-spreading coronavirus has damped sales, hurt worker productivity and halted operations at companies across China, private businesses that make up a large and crucial part of the economy have been among the worst hit. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Selling Frozen Dumplings, Cutting Pay: Chinese Businesses Struggle to Survive Coronavirus," 15 Feb. 2020 The Spirit Lake and Standing Rock tribal councils still must approve the settlement agreement, which would halt a federal trial scheduled for May on the issue. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 Scobey noted that the Ivorian government has at times conducted raids to stop the child-trafficking, halting buses of unaccompanied children coming from Burkina Faso. Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post, "On Valentine’s Day, a push to keep companies from making chocolate with cocoa grown with child labor," 14 Feb. 2020 Coronavirus has had an obvious and immediate impact on that productivity, as offices and factories across the nation halt operations. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "How coronavirus is upending Big Tech," 11 Feb. 2020 There are whispers the Great Recession halted work on one, setting development back years. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Rare drawings, documents reveal secret history of midengine Corvette," 8 Feb. 2020 On January 23rd, state media called on all Chinese families to cancel gatherings, and the government placed Wuhan on lockdown, halting all trains and flights from the city. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Has Tested China’s System of Information Control," 7 Feb. 2020 Since taking office in 2019, Newsom has halted dozens of paroles of murderers, despite his vow to take on criminal justice reform, the Los Angeles Times reported. Fox News, "California man recommended for parole in decades-old triple murder, governor could overturn it," 6 Feb. 2020 The workers, mostly from rural Oregon, shared concerns about how the bill could hurt their livelihoods and encouraged Republican senators to continue the walkout that has halted work in the state Senate since June 19. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Cap-and-trade protest to clog Salem area streets," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overseas, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 index climbed 1% on fresh economic data that signaled a halt to the slowdown in the German manufacturing sector. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Stocks Turn Lower on Worries About Virus Outbreak," 24 Jan. 2020 Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth on Tuesday morning ordered a halt to the recall campaign against Gov. Mike Dunleavy until an appeal is heard by the Alaska Supreme Court. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage judge unexpectedly orders temporary halt to recall campaign against Dunleavy," 21 Jan. 2020 Nevertheless, Feinstein said, her department is weighing a halt to routine shielding. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Are X-ray aprons a feel-good measure that hurts diagnoses? Doctors increasingly say yes," 19 Jan. 2020 But lawmakers have historically declined to even try to use the War Powers Resolution to bring a halt to unauthorized military conflicts abroad. New York Times, "House Votes to Restrain Trump’s Iran War Powers," 9 Jan. 2020 But weeks before the crash the Marine Corps ordered a halt to their use because they were not officially authorized. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 The deal includes a halt to American economic sanctions and no apparent long-term consequences for Turkey for its actions. Arkansas Online, "Pence works to reassure Kurdish allies in surprise Iraq trip," 23 Nov. 2019 Last October a court ordered a halt to the clearing of its remaining 200 hectares (a thirtieth of its original extent). The Economist, "German energy RWE wants to clean up its act," 21 Nov. 2019 Responding to a lawsuit by vape shop owners, a Court of Claims judge ordered a halt to the restriction. Neal Rubin, chicagotribune.com, "Lungs of teen who had transplant like ‘nothing that I have ever seen, ’ doctor says," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb UConn turned up the pressure, and halted Indiana’s offense, though the Huskies were not clicking themselves. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Huskies push it to the limit, but fall to Indiana, 57-54, at Madison Square Garden," 11 Dec. 2019 Rheumatoid arthritis is treated via surgery, medicine, and lifestyle changes; these can reduce swelling and pain and halt joint damage, but there's currently no known cure for the condition. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This X-Ray of a Woman’s 'Telescoping Fingers' Shows the Painful Reality of Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis," 11 Dec. 2019 Still, financial trouble and internal disarray has been brewing for months: The campaign has been unable to buy a TV ad since September and has halted purchasing Facebook ads for two months, reported The New York Times. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kamala Harris Ended Her 2020 Presidential Campaign," 3 Dec. 2019 Hansen’s optimism came as reports circulated in the marijuana community that the group had halted some of its canvassing in the days before Thanksgiving. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, "One Florida legalize marijuana petition drive is floundering, while other flourishes, leaders say," 22 Nov. 2019 Earlier this month, the city halted action toward putting a 35- to 60-bed homeless shelter at the former site of Al’s Woodcraft at 17881 Beach Blvd. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Sale of site formerly proposed as H.B. homeless shelter results in $79,000 loss for city," 22 Oct. 2019 Several airlines have halted flights to and from the Chinese mainland, including, as of Friday, American, Delta, and United. Andrew Joseph, Scientific American, "U.S. to Quarantine 195 Americans Evacuated from Wuhan," 31 Jan. 2020 The outbreak raises dark memories of another one 17 years ago that killed hundreds of people and, briefly, nearly halted China’s growth. The Economist, "The Wuhan crisis The coronavirus discovered in China is causing global alarm," 23 Jan. 2020 Last week, a federal judge temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s executive order allowing states to opt out of the resettlement program. Dallas News, "Governor Greg Abbott’s flawed message: Texas is tapped out when it comes to refugees," 19 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "20-pound US helicopter window falls off mid-flight, injuring child in Okinawa," 13 Dec. 2017

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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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The first known use of halt was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Halt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halt. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of halt

: the stopping or ending of movement, progress, or action
British : a small railroad stop at which there is no station


\ 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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