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English definition of “halt”

halt

verb [I or T] uk   /hɒlt/ us    /hɑːlt/
to (cause to) stop moving or doing something or happening: "Halt!" called the guard. "You can't go any further without a permit." Production has halted at all of the company's factories because of the pay dispute. Security forces halted the demonstrators by blocking the road.

halt

noun [S] uk   /hɒlt/ us    /hɑːlt/
an occasion when something stops moving or happening: the recent halt in production Severe flooding has brought trains to a halt (= prevented them from moving) on several lines in Scotland. The bus came to a halt (= stopped) just in time to avoid hitting the wall. If traffic increases beyond a certain level, the city grinds to a halt (= stops completely). The car screeched to a halt (= suddenly and noisily stopped) just as the lights turned red. call a halt to sth to prevent something from continuing: How many more people will have to die before they call a halt to the fighting?
(Definition of halt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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