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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.Causing something to endComing to an end

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.Staying and remainingWaiting 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?Cancelling and interruptingCausing something to endComing to an end
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