Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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)
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

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More