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stop

verb  us   /stɑp/ (-pp-)

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]  us   /stɑp/

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.
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