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English definition of “stop”

stop

verb (PREVENT)    /stɒp/ US  /stɑːp/ (-pp-)
B1 [T] to prevent someone from doing something: If she really wants to leave, I don't understand what's stopping her. [+ -ing verb] They've put barriers up to stop people (from) getting through. Something must be done to stop the fighting.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting stop a cheque UK (US stop payment on a check) to tell your bank not to deal with a cheque which you have written, so that the money is not paid from your bank accountBanks and bank accounts Grammar:Stop + -ing form or to-infinitiveWe use the -ing form after stop to indicate that an action or event is no longer continuing:See more
(Definition of stop verb (PREVENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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