- 1Bring or come to an abrupt stop: [with object]: there is growing pressure to halt the bloodshed [no object]: she halted in mid-sentenceMore example sentences
stop, come to a halt, come to a stop, come to a standstill; pull up, draw upstop, bring to a stop, put a stop to, bring to an end, put an end to, terminate, end, wind up; suspend, break off, arrest; impede, check, curb, stem, block, stall, hold back• informal pull the plug on, put the kibosh on
- The whispered conversation had halted momentarily upon his abrupt arrival, but began again.
- American companies will, in the next few years, come under intense political pressure to halt the loss of jobs to India and China.
- Thailand's Nation mass media group said Tuesday it has been pressured to halt radio and TV broadcasts of political news and commentaries.
- 1.1 [in imperative] Used as a military command to bring marching soldiers to a stop: company, halt!More example sentences
- Company, halt!
- "Right, left, right, left, right, left, halt." "About face." "Forward march."
nounBack to top
- A suspension of movement or activity, typically a temporary one: a halt in production a bus screeched to a haltMore example sentences
- While the inauguration of the mall was scheduled for 10.23 a.m., the crowd gathered an hour before bringing traffic movement to a halt.
- All activity drew to a halt when Mom baked her cheesecake.
- But that is apparently as close as it got before the anomalous signal brought the activities to a halt.
call a halt
- Demand or order a stop: he decided to call a halt to all further discussionMore example sentences
- He claimed that the probability is that in the course of a telephone conversation on the morning of 10 November Hitler instructed Goebbels to draw up an order calling a halt to the violence.
- After three hours of walking through the night, Bailey had called a halt and ordered a twenty minute rest.
- An order by its board of directors called a halt to operations at all production units, sections, services and departments.
late 16th century: originally in the phrase make halt, from German haltmachen, from halten 'to hold'.
- Lame.More example sentences
- If a woman were blind, the good wonder-workers would give her back her eyes; if a man were halt, they would give him back his leg.
- "He who is halt" clearly refers to Zar, who walks with a painful limp because of a leg injury he suffered many years before.
verb[no object] Back to top
- Walk with a limp: he halted slightly in his walkMore example sentences
- Jacob steps forth to meet him halfway, alone, before an army, halting and limping and bowing down to the ground.
- It was then perceptible that he halted slightly in his walk; and, indeed, he had been lame from his birth.
Old English healtian (verb), halt, healt (adjective), of Germanic origin.