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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Examples of halt in a Sentence


They put a halt to the rumors. The car skidded to a halt.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Real estate sales were briefly halted, city employees lost access to email, and water bills could not be issued for three months. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore IT director who was at helm during ransomware attack and city’s recovery is on leave," 10 Sep. 2019 It was halted and the bleachers cleared with 9:46 left in the still scoreless first quarter due to lightning and a thunderstorm. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Former Desert Mountain QB Kedon Slovis propels USC past Stanford, into national rankings," 9 Sep. 2019 The game was scoreless and each team had just one possession when the action was abruptly halted with 9:46 left in the first quarter. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Lightning storm sends Cal-Washington football game into lengthy delay," 7 Sep. 2019 In-town check-in services at Airport Express stations were also halted. Time Staff, Time, "Protesters Storm Hong Kong International Airport and Disrupt Transport Links," 1 Sep. 2019 The massive storm brushed past the East Coast earlier this month and beach runs were halted until conservation teams could safely survey Dorian’s impact on the marked nests. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Hundreds of sea turtle nests lost after Hurricane Dorian —‘It could have been worse’," 17 Sep. 2019 Although talks were halted over the weekend, UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said there was still dialogue. chicagotribune.com, "More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike after talks with General Motors break down," 16 Sep. 2019 Although talks were halted over the weekend, UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said there was still dialogue. BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 50,000 GM workers go on strike as contract talks stall - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019 Although talks were halted over the weekend, UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said there was still dialogue. Anchorage Daily News, "Auto workers strike nationwide against GM in contract dispute," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anbang’s buying spree, funded by the sale of high-risk, high-yielding investment products back home, thus came screeching to a halt; and along with HNA and Dalian Wanda Group Co., the company was forced to unwind its purchases of flashy assets. Washington Post, "China’s Fire Sale of Trophy Assets Is No Bargain," 18 Sep. 2019 For Brendan Perlini, time has seemingly come to a halt. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Brendan Perlini is a free spirit still searching for NHL success. Will he find it this season with the Blackhawks?," 16 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, the factory’s output of Chevrolet and GMC trucks came to a halt. Erin Kirkland, New York Times, "What the G.M. Strike Looks Like," 16 Sep. 2019 But their run-heavy offense ground to a halt, and Jackson’s disappointing passing performance made him an offseason target for snark and difficult questions. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "In another historic performance, Lamar Jackson fuses old and new to power Ravens’ 23-17 win vs. Cardinals," 16 Sep. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called for a more broad halt to all e-cigarette use, both nicotine and THC. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Pick up a joint instead, doc says: Vaping illnesses highlight flawed marijuana regulations," 13 Sep. 2019 The sale comes amid an ongoing debate over drilling in states like Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, where a coalition of tribes are calling for a halt on energy development near land that Native Americans consider sacred. Washington Post, "Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition," 9 Sep. 2019 When the car finally came to a halt, it was perched precariously on its side, ensnared by a swarm of tires. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Brad Keselowski calls IMS safety into question after crash into tire barrier," 8 Sep. 2019 In the spring of 2015, KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State's ambitious plan to bring high-speed internet access into rural areas, had ground to a halt. Alfred Miller, ProPublica, "How Kentucky Gambled for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From a Broadband Program It Didn’t Qualify for," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spidey, typically awkward and teenager-y, is wiped out after halting a bank robbery and rescuing a cat. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Disney's Bedtime Hotline is here to convince your stubborn kid to go to sleep," 17 Sep. 2019 So far, those in opposition have not succeeded in halting the altered money flow. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: High-speed hijinks: Is it bait and switch?," 11 Sep. 2019 Moran’s plan was finally approved by the Forest Service in August, but his team anticipates further litigation aimed at halting the project. Fox News, "Oregon's Mount Hood active volcano lacks adequate monitoring, scientists say," 10 Sep. 2019 The word is never used, but the character speaks in halting sentences and bristles with undisguised passions. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Fanatic has an out-there performance from John Travolta and not much else," 3 Sep. 2019 Brazilian diplomats abroad present their country as committed to halting deforestation. The Economist, "The Amazon’s fires could burn Jair Bolsonaro," 29 Aug. 2019 Immigration hard-liners inside the administration say the move is crucial to halting the flow of migrants across the southwestern border. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule," 21 Aug. 2019 The Cy-Hawk Series was halted midway through the first quarter because of lightning in the area. Jenna West, SI.com, "Iowa State Students Rush Field at Jack Trice Stadium During Weather Delay," 14 Sep. 2019 The courts have halted some of Trump’s key policy shifts on immigration, including an earlier version of an asylum ban. BostonGlobe.com, "Judge reinstates nationwide halt on Trump asylum policy plan - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 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


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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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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