halt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “halt” in the English Dictionary

"halt" in British English

See all translations

haltverb [I or T]

uk   /hɒlt/  us   /hɑːlt/
to (​cause to) ​stopmoving 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 ​paydispute. Security ​forces halted the ​demonstrators by ​blocking the ​road.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

haltnoun [S]

uk   /hɒlt/  us   /hɑːlt/
an ​occasion when something ​stopsmoving or ​happening: the ​recent halt inproduction Severe ​flooding has broughttrains to a halt (= ​prevented them from ​moving) on several ​lines in ​Scotland. The ​bus came to a halt (= ​stopped) just in ​time to ​avoidhitting the ​wall. If ​trafficincreases beyond a ​certainlevel, the ​city grinds to a halt (= ​stopscompletely). The ​car screeched to a halt (= ​stoppedsuddenly and ​noisily) just as the ​lightsturnedred.
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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"halt" in American English

See all translations

haltverb [I/T]

 us   /hɔlt/
to ​stop something, or to ​bring something to a ​stop: [I] "Halt!" ​ordered the ​guard. [T] Congressvotedadditionalfunds in an ​effort to halt the ​spread of the ​disease. [T] Nationwide, ​maildelivery was halted by the ​strike.
halt
noun [U]  us   /hɔlt/
All ​work had come to a halt and everyone was ​standingsilently at ​theirdesks.
(Definition of halt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “halt”
in Korean 중단…
in Arabic تَوَقُّف…
in Malaysian berhenti…
in French (s’)arrêter…
in Russian остановка, прекращение…
in Chinese (Traditional) (使)停止,停下…
in Italian fermata, alt…
in Turkish durma, hareketsiz kalma…
in Polish bezruch, zatrzymanie się…
in Spanish parar, detener…
in Vietnamese chặn lại…
in Portuguese parada, alto, interrupção…
in Thai หยุด…
in German halten…
in Catalan parada, interrupció…
in Japanese 停止, 中止…
in Chinese (Simplified) (使)停止,停下…
in Indonesian menghentikan…
What is the pronunciation of halt?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“halt” in British English

“halt” in American English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

nutty

containing, tasting of, or similar to nuts

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More