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Line breaks: halt
Pronunciation: /hɔːlt/


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.
stop, come to a halt, come to a stop, come to a standstill, come to rest, pull up, draw up, stand still, draw to a stand
cease, stop, finish, discontinue, terminate, conclude, come to an end, come to a halt, come to a stop, draw to a close, come to a standstill, be over, be abandoned;
pause, be broken off, be suspended
terminate, end, stop, cease, finish, suspend, bring to a stop, bring to a close, bring to an end, put an end to, put a stop to, break off, wind up;
arrest, impede, check, curb, stem, staunch, 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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1A suspension of movement or activity, typically a temporary one: a halt in production a bus screeched to a halt
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  • 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.
stop, standstill
cessation, termination, stoppage, stopping, close, end, discontinuation, discontinuance;
break, pause, interval, interruption, interlude, intermission, suspension, rest, respite, hiatus, breathing space, time out
informal breather
1.1British A minor stopping place on a local railway line.
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  • There are five halts along the line with an occasional passing loop in the event of more than one train running at the same time.
  • There is a new suburban railway line with excellent little halts by Martin Despang, and a new station for intercity ICE trains has been built on the Berlin-Hanover line.
  • A new railway halt, with maybe an extension of the Dart electrification, would provide the necessary fast link to the city centre.


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.


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

Words that rhyme with halt

assault, Balt, exalt, fault, malt, salt, smalt, vault
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halt 2 Line breaks: halt
Pronunciation: /hɔːlt/


Lame: if a man were halt or hunch’d
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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.


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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.


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

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