Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stop”

stop

verb  /stɑp/ (-pp-) us  

stop verb (FINISH)

[I/T] to finish doing something or end, or to cause someone or something to finish: [I] When do you think the snow will stop? [T] When will it stop snowing? [T] Please stop pushing. [T] Fortunately, police stopped the fight before anyone got hurt.

stop verb (PREVENT)

[T] to prevent someone from doing something: Lifeguards stopped them from going into the water because sharks had been spotted in the area.

stop verb (PAUSE)

[I/T] to pause or stay in a place, or cause someone to pause: [I] We stopped for gas and had something to eat. [+ to infinitive] We’d better stop at the next rest area to let the kids go to the bathroom. [T] Naomi was stopped at the gate and asked to show identification.

stop

noun [C]  /stɑp/ us  

stop noun [C] (SHORT STAY)

a short period of time when you stay at a place, or the place where you stay: It was a five-hour drive including a 30-minute stop for lunch. A stop is a place where a bus or train pauses to allow passengers to get off and on: I’m getting off at the next stop.

stop noun [C] (FINISH)

the act of stopping an activity, or the state in which someone or something is not moving or active anymore: Please wait until the plane comes to a complete stop before leaving your seat.
(Definition of stop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stop?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “stop” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

knack

a skill or an ability to do something easily and well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More