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Old High German haltan, akin to Old Saxon haldan. Cognate with English hold.

  • IPA: /ˈhaltn̩/, /ˈhaltən/
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  1. (transitive) to hold
  2. (transitive) to stop; to halt; to hold back
    Der Zug hält nicht in Würzburg. — “The train doesn’t stop in Würzburg.”
    Haltet den Dieb! — “Stop, thief!”
  3. (transitive) to support; to hold up
  4. (transitive) to keep; to maintain; to hold
    Der Wein hält mich jung. — “Wine keeps me young.”
    Der Bauer hält Hühner. — “The farmer keeps chickens.”
  5. (intransitive) to hold; to keep; to stay
  6. (intransitive) to stop
  7. (transitive, with preposition für) to consider, to regard
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 32/2010, page 45:
      Wieder einmal hatte es erhitzte Debatten gegeben zwischen Tierschützern und solchen, die Stierkampf für ein schützenswertes Kulturerbe Spaniens halten.
      Once again there had been heated debates between animal rights activists and ones who consider bullfighting a cultural heritage of Spain worth protecting.

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