Halt - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hɔːlt|  American pronunciation of the word halt
Brit.  |hɔːlt|  British pronunciation of the word halt


- the state of inactivity following an interruption (syn: arrest, check, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage)
during the halt he got some lunch
- the event of something ending (syn: stop)
- an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement (syn: freeze)
a halt in the arms race


- cause to stop (syn: arrest, hold)
halt the presses
- come to a halt, stop moving (syn: stop)
- stop from happening or developing (syn: block, kibosh, stop)
- stop the flow of a liquid (syn: stanch, staunch, stem)


- disabled in the feet or legs (syn: crippled, game, halting, lame)

Extra examples

They put a halt to the rumors.

The car skidded to a halt.

The bus came to a halt just in time to avoid hitting the wall.

Here let us make a halt.

Security forces halted the demonstrators by blocking the road.

The conversation halted irregularly between music and literature.

Heavy snowfalls brought traffic to a halt (=made it stop moving).

The World Championship was brought to a temporary halt (=was stopped from continuing).

The whole peace process seems to have ground to a halt.

The President has called for a halt to the wave of emigration.

The government has failed to halt economic decline.

Safety concerns have led them to halt work on the dam.

The parade halted by a busy corner.

The old car shuddered to a halt.

He slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded to a halt.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: halt
he/she/it: halts
present participle: halting
past tense: halted
past participle: halted
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