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.

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The Chilean has scored just three Premier League goals for United and is yet to feature this season, due to his involvement at the Copa America in the summer, as well as reoccurring injuries halting his recovery. SI.com, "Report: Alexis Sanchez Inching Toward Inter Milan Loan Move," 27 Aug. 2019 It's been more than two years since work halted on the $2 billion project that was planned to include high-rise offices, hotels, apartments and retail space. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Developer of Frisco's $2 billion Wade Park is out of the deal, according to lender," 16 Aug. 2019 Tuller said China’s decision to halt imports of U.S. agricultural products as a response to Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods has had a direct impact on some Connecticut farmers. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Dozens of farms lost in the last decade as hard times continue for Connecticut’s dairy industry," 13 Aug. 2019 Mueller’s halting, monosyllabic style could hardly be described as telegenic and, in this case, the book was better than the movie. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About the Mueller Hearing," 24 July 2019 Magic City Casino in Miami just started its second jai alai season after closing its greyhound dog racing operation in the wake of a statewide constitutional amendment halting the sport. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Goodbye horses, hello jai alai? Isle Casino Pompano looks to revive fast-paced game," 12 July 2019 Game one, a continuation from July 2′s rain halted game. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "IronBirds go to extras again for win in West Virginia," 11 July 2019 In May, Amazon shareholders voted down a proposal that would ban the sale of Rekognition to police, and halt sales to law enforcement and ICE. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "The Strange Politics of Facial Recognition," 28 June 2019 Currie also says Hawaiian legislators should pass a bill halting further expansion of the observatory. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Divisive giant telescope cleared for construction on Hawaiian peak," 25 June 2019

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But an eruption might bring that to an alarming halt. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes," 9 Sep. 2019 Photos and videos of the crash site have been poring up on social media, many of them showing the plane engulfed in flames in certain areas, and skid marks through the field where the aircraft came to an abrupt halt. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Hero Pilot Lands Plane in Corn Field After Bird Strike, Saving all 226 Passengers on Board," 16 Aug. 2019 The proposal would need to pass through Congress at a time when legislative efforts have ground to a near halt as the 2018 midterm elections approach. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Ben Carson proposes rent hikes on low-income families," 25 Apr. 2018 However, suppose another (supplier), perhaps in another country, fails to prepare, your part of the value chain still grinds to a halt, and your customer still stops ordering. Washington Post, "Brexit escalation raises alarm for ailing European economy," 29 Aug. 2019 Gross domestic product growth slumped from 7% to 6% in the six months after the ban as several sectors of the economy ground to a halt. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "The man who tried to unite India's fragmented economy has died," 24 Aug. 2019 Uber is looking to Eats to bolster its growth as momentum in the core ride-hailing business grinds to a halt. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Analysts expect Uber Eats to lose money on every order for at least the next five years," 23 Aug. 2019 But without Washington’s support, Yankoff’s waiver process has clearly ground to a halt. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Entering transfer portal is a tricky game to play for some at USC and UCLA," 16 Aug. 2019 The Yellow Jackets’ string of three straight state title appearances came to a halt. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Class 7A No. 3 McGill-Toolen ready to bounce back after ‘disappointing’ 9-3 season," 16 Aug. 2019

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The tech giant also must adapt its business practices, halting data collection on YouTube videos that are clearly created with kids in mind and requiring video creators to label content that's intended for young audiences. oregonlive, "Google to pay $170 million to settle charges it violated kids’ privacy law on YouTube," 4 Sep. 2019 But though the Cavaliers waged a valiant comeback that kept the outcome in doubt into the final minute, Costa Mesa ultimately emerged with a 21-18 victory that halted the program’s 16-game losing streak. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa football ends 16-game losing streak with win over Santiago," 30 Aug. 2019 Both times, divorce proceedings had been halted and subsequently dismissed at the request of Beverly Harris. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Woman killed in Helena domestic disturbance had come to the home armed, fired first shots, police say," 23 Aug. 2019 But the White House in recent days has begun searching for proposals that could halt a slowing economy. Damian Paletta, The Denver Post, "White House officials eye payroll tax cut in effort to reverse weakening economy," 19 Aug. 2019 Mueller’s halting, monosyllabic style could hardly be described as telegenic and, in this case, the book was better than the movie. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About the Mueller Hearing," 24 July 2019 Labor Day in Indy: Here's what is open, closed in Indy area More good new for travelers: The Indianapolis Department of Transportation will halt minor road projects between Friday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Rain could dampen the start of the holiday weekend, but Labor Day looks promising," 23 July 2019 Not only did the protest not halt Nike’s rebound in North America, but since then Nike’s growth has accelerated. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "America’s love of Nike transcends all boycotts," 3 July 2019 Meanwhile, in developed countries many domestic recycling programs have been halted because of the cost. Sean Mcnaughton And Kelsey Nowakowski, National Geographic, "How China’s plastic waste ban forced a global recycling reckoning," 22 June 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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