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English definition of “halt”

halt

noun [S]     /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
(Definition of halt noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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