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Definition of halt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they halt
he / she / it halts
past simple halted
-ing form halting
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  • to stop; to make someone or something stop She walked toward him and then halted. “Halt!” the Major ordered (= used as a command to soldiers). halt somebody/something The police were halting traffic on the parade route. The trial was halted after the first week.
  • Idioms
    stop/halt somebody in their tracks, stop/halt/freeze in your tracks
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    to suddenly make someone stop by frightening or surprising them; to suddenly stop because something has frightened or surprised you The question stopped Anna in her tracks.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: halt