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Definition of 'halt'


  1. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
       Synonyms: arrest check hitch stay stop stoppage
  2. the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
       Synonyms: stop
  3. an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"
       Synonyms: freeze


  1. cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
       Synonyms: hold arrest
  2. come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window"
       Synonyms: stop
       Antonyms: start go get going
  3. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
       Synonyms: stop block kibosh
  4. stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "them the tide"
       Synonyms: stem stanch staunch


  1. disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg"
       Synonyms: crippled halting lame gimpy game

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