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English definition of “stop”

stop

verb
 
 
/stɒp/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to prevent something from happening or continuing, or to not continue to happen: Are these new environmental laws enough to stop climate change? The government demanded that the payments stop.stop production/publication/trading The board obtained an injunction to stop publication of the documents.stop sb (from) doing sth To stop borrowers switching to another lender once the discount period is over, banks apply a hefty charge.
[T] to finish doing something: The company's flexible pension plan allows women to suspend contributions if they stop work to have a family.stop doing sth The economic climate pressured banks to stop lending to each other.
[I or T] if something such as a machine or system stops, it no longer works and needs to be repaired: I didn't realize the time because my watch has stopped. My TV came with a free radio which has stopped working.
stop a cheque UK ( US stop payment on a check) BANKING to tell your bank not to pay the money relating to a cheque you have written to someone
(Definition of stop verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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