halt

1 of 4

verb (1)

halted; halting; halts

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

2 of 4

noun

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

halt

3 of 4

verb (2)

halted; halting; halts

intransitive verb

1
: to walk or proceed with a limp
… that dogs bark at me as I halt by them.William Shakespeare
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

4 of 4

adjective

archaic
: having a manner of walking that is impaired by a limp
… there is a place for everyone … old and young, hale and haltSir Winston Churchill

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
President Joe Biden is emphatically pushing Congress to pass the legislation to buttress what has been a cornerstone of his foreign policy -- halting Russian President Vladimir Putin's advance in Europe. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 19 Apr. 2024 Dozens of major advertisers, including Disney, Apple and Warner Bros., halted their advertising on X, and as of February many had not resumed. David Ingram, NBC News, 18 Apr. 2024 Eiland said Israel should threaten another major ground war against Lebanon if Hezbollah refused to halt its attacks. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2024 Then an operator outside the chamber spun a valve to halt the inward rush of gas. Rachel Lance, WIRED, 16 Apr. 2024 But Crowl's lawyer, Carmen Hernandez, recently renewed a request to halt his sentencing pending the Supreme Court's resolution of the Fischer case. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2024 The pandemic halted the momentum of clothing subscription services. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2024 Theoretically, the trial could be halted somewhere along the way. Aysha Bagchi, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2024 Glendale will challenge a judge’s recent ruling that halted a $72 million parking garage project outside State Farm Stadium and the forthcoming VAI Resort. Shawn Raymundo, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024
Noun
At red, Silverman’s eating disorder brings her life to a halt. Audrey Richardson and Aurora Sousanis, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2024 As our world’s ground to a halt, the masses were jolted into a disorienting reality, giving many a rare opportunity to engage with our thoughts and feel our feelings in ways the chaotic rhythm of our pre-pandemic lives seldom allowed. Ebony Flake, Essence, 4 Apr. 2024 Then on April 1, they were killed by Israeli airstrikes, along with five other colleagues, bringing the work of the World Central Kitchen in Gaza to a halt. Peter Baker, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 All youth sports came to a halt, and when the teams returned to practice after lockdown, Posternack recalls having to occupy her own little square so as not to get too close to the other kids, with little actual soccer being played. Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 Revenue crashed during the pandemic, when travel and car-pooling ground to a halt. Mark Bergen, Fortune Europe, 3 Apr. 2024 This temporary cargo halt could become one of the greatest blows to Baltimore’s maritime prosperity since the city emerged as a commercial gateway with the tobacco trade in the 1600s. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 Investigating further, social workers realized that Noah had gained only a few ounces from February 2015 to October 2016 and remained at around 17 pounds, a dramatic halt to his growth. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 On Sunday, minimal rain could linger in Sacramento before completely coming to a halt later in the afternoon, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Kate Forrest. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 29 Mar. 2024
Verb
The plaintiffs sought an injunction — which the judge granted, in part — to halt the use of mifepristone nationwide while the case plays out. Chloe Atkins, NBC News, 8 Apr. 2023 In 2019, the F.D.A. tried unsuccessfully to get Aid Access to halt overseas shipping. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2023 The developer of the transmission line, Central Maine Power, is challenging an order from the state to halt construction after voters in November 2021 approved a ballot referendum that saddled the company with additional requirements and conditions. Sabrina Shankman, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2023 Three Alaska tribes are suing the federal government to halt the Donlin Gold project. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2023 But he was suspended by MLB, then fired by the Astros before the 2020 season for not doing more to halt the franchise's trash-can-banging cheating system during the 2017 season. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2023 The bill would require the Department of the Interior to conduct additional lease sales for drilling on federal lands, prohibit the president from banning fracking, and reverse Biden’s decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2023 And without intervention to halt global warming, such cases are likely to continue increasing and spreading, according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2023 Beverley returns Sunday to Los Angeles with Chicago, a chance for the Bulls to halt the positive momentum the Lakers have built with a three-game winning streak when the teams play a pair of games on each of their home courts. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2023
Adjective
The coronavirus crisis dealt another serious blow to Blackpool, leaving businesses struggling as tourism ground to a halt ‌during nationwide lockdowns. Megan Specia, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near halt

Cite this Entry

“Halt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halt. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

halt

1 of 4 adjective

halt

2 of 4 verb
1
2
: to move unsteadily

halt

3 of 4 noun
: the ending of movement, progress, or action
call a halt

halt

4 of 4 verb
1
: to stop marching or journeying
2
: to bring to a stop : end
Etymology

Adjective

Old English healt "lame"

Noun

from German halt "stop," derived from earlier halten "to hold"

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