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

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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 Can California’s Legislature or the next attorney general do anything to halt anti-Asian violence? Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: California is reopening. Is that risky?," 2 Apr. 2021 For example, the outpouring of international condemnation last year over the imposition of a new national security law to restrict dissent in Hong Kong did nothing to halt a new law this year dismantling the territory’s electoral system. New York Times, "Tense Talks With China Left U.S. ‘Cleareyed’ About Beijing’s Intentions, Officials Say," 19 Mar. 2021 The European Union's vaccination rollout has hit hurdles caused by delivery delays as well as France and Italy’s decisions to halt vaccinations using the AstraZeneca shot, which has been linked to severe adverse effects in some recipients. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "COVID receding in US as cases climb in former European hot spots," 18 Mar. 2021 Head said that while any potential side effect should be investigated thoroughly, decisions to halt vaccination campaigns need to strike a delicate balance between risks and benefits. NBC News, "Covid vaccines and blood clots: Experts warn little evidence for concern," 16 Mar. 2021 Denmark last week became the first country to temporarily halt use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Major European nations suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine," 15 Mar. 2021 Denmark was the first to temporarily halt use of the AstraZeneca vaccine Thursday after reports of blood clots in some people. Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "Several European countries stick with AstraZeneca vaccine as others pause over sporadic reports of blood clots," 12 Mar. 2021 Grassroots organizers from several organizations connected with the family and members rallied on their street Thursday morning as the Connecticut Fair Housing Center applied for an injunction to halt the eviction. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Community rallies around Hartford family facing eviction by tax-delinquent, New York landlord," 20 Feb. 2021 More recently, the groups sought a preliminary injunction to halt the winter activity approved by the Bureau of Land Management, while questions in the larger case continued. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal appeals panel stops work on ConocoPhillips’ Willow project," 14 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their shares were in the doldrums around this time last year, when global commerce ground to a halt. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Banks, After Bracing for Disaster, Are Now Ready for a Boom," 13 Apr. 2021 After pulling to a halt, Quezada got out of his car clutching the 3-foot crowbar and ran toward Officer Tim Hamilton, who then shot Quezada in his abdomen, according to police. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man who ran at Escondido officer with crowbar sentenced to prison," 13 Apr. 2021 The pandemic might’ve been at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but life didn’t totally grind to a halt. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon’s Echo Show 10 that follows you as you move just hit its lowest price ever," 13 Apr. 2021 At the end of that week, the city approved a historic settlement for the Floyd family, news heard by several potential jurors which caused jury selection to grind to a halt. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin trial live: Week 3 expected to begin with more medical testimony about George Floyd death, autopsy," 12 Apr. 2021 Also in 2018, the Trump administration enacted metering policies to grind the asylum process to a halt and leave thousands of refugees in tent cities along our border. Julián Castro, CNN, "Republicans are politicizing the border and children's lives," 12 Apr. 2021 An immediate halt was ordered to all work programs in inmate labor related to tool control, Overton said. David Pitt, Star Tribune, "Union leader blames underfunding for Iowa prison killings," 6 Apr. 2021 That sparked an immediate halt to the season for the Spurs, who quarantined as a team in Charlotte for five days before flying back to San Antonio. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs' Keldon Johnson on COVID: 'I would say it sucked.'," 4 Mar. 2021 The complaints call for investigations and an immediate halt to the deportations, arguing that officials are violating U.S. and international law, including the Convention Against Torture and due process rights. Molly O’toole, Los Angeles Times, "‘Betrayed’ Black asylum seekers say Trump administration is ramping up deportations by force and fraud," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a February 2020 agreement with the administration of President Donald Trump, the Taliban agreed to halt such attacks and hold peace talks with the Afghan government, in exchange for a U.S. commitment to a complete withdrawal by May 2021. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan," 8 Apr. 2021 In a February 2020 agreement with the administration of President Donald Trump, the Taliban agreed to halt such attacks and hold peace talks with the Afghan government, in exchange for a U.S. commitment to a complete withdrawal by May 2021. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan," 7 Apr. 2021 Many of these students' schedules were upended when the district announced days after the outage started that classes would halt for more than a week and that the spring semester would therefore be extended to May 22. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa Community College classes resume, systems restored after cyberattack causes district-wide outage," 31 Mar. 2021 There isn’t a clear motive for anyone involved to want to halt the deal or harm the tree. oregonlive, "Someone used herbicide to try to hurt a giant sequoia tree in Northeast Portland, but why?," 28 Mar. 2021 The meeting came after weeks of friction over moves the administration made to halt new oil leasing on federal lands and to review Trump administration deregulation efforts aimed at helping U.S. oil and gas producers. Matthew Brown, Fortune, "It’s time to put a price on carbon, America’s top oil and gas lobbying group says," 26 Mar. 2021 Milwaukee shaved the deficit to 12 at 87-75, but Walker responded with a three-pointer and then three free throws to halt the Bucks' momentum and make it 93-77. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 122, Bucks 114: This time, there's little suspense at the finish," 26 Mar. 2021 Cahill will rule on Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson 's motion to halt or move the trial due to concerns that the settlement had tainted the jury pool. CBS News, "Watch Live: Judge expected to decide whether to delay or move Derek Chauvin trial," 19 Mar. 2021 Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson's motion sought to halt or move the trial due to concerns that a recent, $27 million settlement to Floyd's family had tainted the jury pool. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Judge won't delay Derek Chauvin trial, rules certain evidence from Floyd's 2019 arrest is allowed," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Tycoon Running 500 Hotels Warns of More Job Cuts, Closures," 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, "Class of 2020 college grads face a tough pandemic-era job market. Local colleges are trying to amp up job search support.," 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, "How a PG&E Contractor With a Sketchy Past Made Millions After California’s Deadliest Fire," 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, "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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17 Apr 2021

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“Halt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halt. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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