There are 2 definitions of halt in English:

halt1

Syllabification: halt
Pronunciation: /hôlt
 
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verb

  • 1Bring or come to an abrupt stop: [with object]: there is growing pressure to halt the bloodshed [no object]: she halted in mid-sentence
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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
  • 1.1 [in imperative] Used as a military command to bring marching soldiers to a stop: company, halt!
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    • Company, halt!
    • "Right, left, right, left, right, left, halt." "About face." "Forward march."

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Phrases

call a halt

Demand or order a stop: he decided to call a halt to all further discussion
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  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: originally in the phrase make halt, from German haltmachen, from halten 'to hold'.

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There are 2 definitions of halt in English:

halt2

Syllabification: halt
Pronunciation: /
 
hôlt/
archaic

adjective

  • Lame.
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    • 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

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  • Walk with a limp: he halted slightly in his walk
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    • 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.

Origin

Old English healtian (verb), halt, healt (adjective), of Germanic origin.

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