Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stall”

See all translations

stall

verb
 
 
/stɔːl/
[I or T] if a process or system stalls or something stalls it, it suddenly stops developing or making progress: Japan's economic growth has stalled. Contract negotiations between management and the union have stalled again. I don't believe there was a deliberate plan to stall the process.
[I] if someone stalls, they do not answer a question immediately or continue a discussion, in order to give themselves more time to think: "I have to look it up on my machine at home," he said stalling for time.
(Definition of stall verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stall?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “stall”

Definitions of “stall” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More