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Meaning & Definition of Halt in English

English

Halt

/hɔlt/

noun

1. The state of inactivity following an interruption

  • "The negotiations were in arrest"
  • "Held them in check"
  • "During the halt he got some lunch"
  • "The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
  • "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
    synonym:
  • arrest
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • halt
  • ,
  • hitch
  • ,
  • stay
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • stoppage

2. The event of something ending

  • "It came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
    synonym:
  • stop
  • ,
  • halt

3. An interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

  • "A halt in the arms race"
  • "A nuclear freeze"
    synonym:
  • freeze
  • ,
  • halt

verb

1. Cause to stop

  • "Halt the engines"
  • "Arrest the progress"
  • "Halt the presses"
    synonym:
  • halt
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • arrest

2. Come to a halt, stop moving

  • "The car stopped"
  • "She stopped in front of a store window"
    synonym:
  • stop
  • ,
  • halt

3. Stop from happening or developing

  • "Block his election"
  • "Halt the process"
    synonym:
  • stop
  • ,
  • halt
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • kibosh

4. Stop the flow of a liquid

  • "Staunch the blood flow"
  • "Stem the tide"
    synonym:
  • stem
  • ,
  • stanch
  • ,
  • staunch
  • ,
  • halt

adjective

1. Disabled in the feet or legs

  • "A crippled soldier"
  • "A game leg"
    synonym:
  • crippled
  • ,
  • halt
  • ,
  • halting
  • ,
  • lame
  • ,
  • gimpy
  • ,
  • game

Examples of using

The snow brought public transport to a halt.
The blue sports car came to a screeching halt.