avast

[ uh-vast, uh-vahst ]
/ əˈvæst, əˈvɑst /

verb (imperative) Nautical.

(used as a command to stop or cease): Avast heaving!

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Origin of avast

1675–85; perhaps <Dutch houd vast hold fast (see hold1, fast1)
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British Dictionary definitions for avast

avast
/ (əˈvɑːst) /

sentence substitute

nautical stop! cease!

Word Origin for avast

C17: perhaps from Dutch hou'vast hold fast
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