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halt

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adjective \ˈhȯlt\

Definition of halt

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

Origin and Etymology of halt

Middle English, from Old English healt; akin to Old High German halz lame


First Known Use: before 12th century


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halt

verb

Definition of halt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to walk or proceed lamely :  limp

  3. 2 :  to be in a state of uncertainty or doubt between alternate courses or choices :  waver

  4. 3 :  to display weakness or imperfection :  falter <The argument often halts and sometimes breaks down completely.>

Origin and Etymology of halt

see 1halt


First Known Use: before 12th century


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halt

noun

Definition of halt

  1. :  stop <The car came to a halt.> <brought production to a halt>

Examples of halt in a sentence

  1. They put a halt to the rumors.

  2. The car skidded to a halt.

Origin and Etymology of halt

German, from Middle High German, from halt, imperative of halten to hold, from Old High German haltan — more at hold


First Known Use: circa 1598


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halt

verb

Definition of halt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cease marching or journeying

  3. 2 :  discontinue, terminate <the project halted for lack of funds>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to bring to a stop <the strike halted subways and buses>

  6. 2 :  to cause the discontinuance of :  end <halt hostilities>

Origin and Etymology of halt

see 3halt


First Known Use: 1656



HALT Defined for English Language Learners


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halt

noun

Definition of halt for English Language Learners

  • : the stopping or ending of movement, progress, or action

  • : a small railroad stop at which there is no station


HALT Defined for Kids

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halt

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verb \ˈhȯlt\

Definition of halt for Students

halted

halting

  1. 1 :  to stop or cause to stop marching or traveling

  2. 2 :  2end <We halt work at four o'clock.>


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halt

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noun

Definition of halt for Students

  1. :  1end 2 <Call a halt to the fighting.>



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