halt

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

halt

noun

Definition of halt (Entry 2 of 4)

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

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.

halt

adjective

Definition of halt (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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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

Unions are successful when the labor force has a specialized skill or is concentrated such that halting work has an impact. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Uber Drivers’ Virtual Picket Line Suffers Tech Discount," 9 May 2019 And back in the U.S., Sens. Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders want to block corporate stock buybacks and possibly halt dividend payments to investors—including retirement funds—unless companies pay additional benefits to workers as well. Phil Gramm And Michael Solon, WSJ, "Enemies of the Economic Enlightenment," 15 Apr. 2019 This drew the attention of King, who halted his plans preparing the Poor People's Campaign to head to Memphis to assist 1,300 sanitation workers with the strike. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Died Because of Hatred. That Should Not Be Whitewashed," 4 Apr. 2019 The discovery of more construction debris inside KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers has prompted the U.S. Air Force to again halt delivery of the new aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again," 3 Apr. 2019 The suspension came only weeks after U.S. regulators halted flights at Newark Liberty International Airport after a drone was spotted near another New Jersey airport. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Drone Scare Grounds Flights at Dubai Airport," 15 Feb. 2019 On Friday morning, both CNBC and Bloomberg deputy white house editor Mike Dorning tweeted that LaGuardia, one of two major airports serving New York City, was halting incoming flights at the FAA's order. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Major Airports Face Staffing Shortages and Delays Amid Government Shutdown," 25 Jan. 2019 Mazda suspended production at factories in Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Prefectures, while Daihatsu halted operations at plants in four prefectures, NHK reported. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Amid Japan’s Flood Devastation, Survivors Dig Out," 9 July 2018 Our message was that ICE must be abolished, families must be reunited now, deportations must be halted, and the policy of detention as deterrent must end. Kelcie Willis, ajc, "Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty identified, expected to face charges," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This brand revitalization came to a swift halt in November, though, after Brett parted ways with J.Crew, citing disagreements with the board. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 But the whole program came screeching to a halt in March, when a malfunctioning Uber car crashed into Herzberg. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber resumes testing self-driving cars nine months after deadly crash," 20 Dec. 2018 Among other moves, China has already cracked down on trading halts, a major bugbear for foreign investors. Shen Hong, WSJ, "China Counters Selloff by Cutting Markets Some Slack," 24 Jan. 2019 The proposals include a halt to all fighting, the withdrawal of troops to the city limits and later out of the province, while allowing U.N. oversight and setting up a local administration, Amer said in video comments. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Yemen’s warring sides said to agree on prisoner swap," 11 Dec. 2018 There’s no reason to let an arbitrary deadline put a halt to ongoing negotiations. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Panel Won’t Meet Deadline on Fix for Multiemployer Pension Plans," 29 Nov. 2018 The Democratic takeover of the House could certainly help put a halt to, if not reverse, backsliding. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump has eroded important democratic institutions. Will Democratic wins change that?," 8 Nov. 2018 In January, City Council voted to put a halt to CCHIP as Mayor Ron Nirenberg encouraged a shift in focus toward affordable housing in the city’s housing programs. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Developer cancels $83 million apartment tower next to city hall," 5 July 2018 The mortgage lenders will then put a halt to any foreclosures proceedings, with multiple filings one right after the other having the potential to prolong the process even longer. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Federal grand jury indicts Elk Grove woman on 18 counts related to bankruptcy scheme," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tofel says that active development on Project Campfire halted last December after an initial flurry of activity. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The dream of dual-booting Windows 10 on Chromebooks appears dead," 16 May 2019 This drew the attention of King, who halted his plans preparing the Poor People's Campaign to head to Memphis to assist 1,300 sanitation workers with the strike. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Died Because of Hatred. That Should Not Be Whitewashed," 4 Apr. 2019 The discovery of more construction debris inside KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers has prompted the U.S. Air Force to again halt delivery of the new aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again," 3 Apr. 2019 Perhaps even worse, the president also kept Mattis out of the loop on other major military announcements, including halting military exercises with South Korea and banning transgender troops from the military. Alex Ward, Vox, "James Mattis, the last “adult” in the Trump administration, resigns as defense secretary," 20 Dec. 2018 After letting the lotion sit, stylists rinse it out, dry hair as much as possible, and use a neutralizer to halt the perming process. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Modern Hair Perms," 30 Apr. 2019 Israel pounded Hamas targets on Saturday in its most massive bombardment since the 2014 war, while militants fired dozens of rockets toward Israel that halted daily life in the area. Fox News, "Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas," 17 July 2018 At least 75 people are dead and 192 are missing due to the weekend eruptions at the Volcan de Fuego, which have also halted rescue missions as search crews were forced to evacuate. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Children burned by Guatemala volcano to arrive in Galveston for treatment," 6 June 2018 Their intent was to halt his quest for power and restore the Roman Republic, but instead the country was plunged into civil war. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019

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

Noun

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

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

Adjective

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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More Definitions for halt

halt

noun

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

halt

verb
\ 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.

halt

noun

Kids Definition of halt (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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