Meaning of “halt” in the English Dictionary

"halt" in English

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haltverb [ 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.

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haltnoun [ 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 (= stopped suddenly and noisily) 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"halt" in American English

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haltverb [ I/T ]

us /hɔlt/

to stop something, or to bring something to a stop:

[ I ] "Halt!" ordered the guard.
[ T ] Nationwide, mail delivery was halted by the strike.
noun [ U ] us /hɔlt/

All work had come to a halt and everyone was standing silently at their desks.

(Definition of “halt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)