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"stop" in British English

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stopverb

uk   /stɒp/  us   /stɑːp/ (-pp-)
  • stop verb (FINISH)

A1 [I or T] to ​finish doing something that you were doing: Once I ​starteatingchocolate, I can't stop. [+ -ing verb] Stop ​shouting - you're giving me a ​headache! I couldn't stop ​laughing. Stop it!/Stop that!B1 [I or T] to not ​continue to ​operate: My ​watch must have stopped. The ​airconditioner has stopped ​working.B1 [I or T] to not ​move any more or to make someone or something not ​move any more: Stop the ​car, I ​want to get out! I ​heard him ​shout, "Stop, or I'll ​shoot!"A1 [I + -ing verb] to ​finish doing something that you do ​regularly or as a ​habit: Apparently she's stopped ​drinking. I stopped ​seeing him last ​year.A2 [I] to ​pause for a ​shorttime while ​travelling or during an ​activity: Does this ​train stop at Finsbury Park? Why don't you just stop ​somewhere and ​ask for ​directions? [+ to infinitive] I stopped topick up a ​letter that I'd ​dropped.

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  • stop verb (PREVENT)

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.stop a cheque UK (US stop a check, stop payment on a check) to ​tellyourbank not to ​deal with a cheque that you have written, so that the ​money is not ​paid from ​yourbankaccount

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  • stop verb (STAY)

UK [I] to ​stay in a ​place: Are you coming with me or are you stopping here? I can't stop - Marc is ​waiting for me ​outside. Now that you're here, why don't you stop for some ​tea? I've been out every ​night this ​week, so I ​thought I'd stop in (= ​stay at ​home)tonight. We stopped up (= did not go to ​bed) until two o'clock last ​nightwatching the late ​film.

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stopnoun [C]

uk   /stɒp/  us   /stɑːp/
B1 the ​act of stopping an ​activity or ​journey, or a ​period of ​time when you stop: Please ​remain in ​yourseat until the ​plane comes to acomplete stop. We'd have been here ​sooner, but we made several stops along the way. At the ​beginning of the ​project there were a lot of stops and ​starts.
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A1 a ​place where ​vehicles, ​especiallybuses, stop in ​order to ​allowpassengers to get off and on: a bus stop I'm getting off at the next stop. Is this ​our stop (= where we must get off)? UK short form of full stop noun specialized phonetics a plosive (= ​consonant that is made by ​completely stopping the ​flow of ​air)put a stop to sth C1 to stop an ​unpleasant, ​unwantedactivity or ​habit from ​continuing: He used to ​smoke in ​bed when I first got to ​know him, but I ​soon put a stop to that!

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(Definition of stop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stop" in American English

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stopverb

 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 ​restarea to ​let the ​kids go to the ​bathroom. [T] Naomi was stopped at the ​gate and ​asked to show ​identification.

stopnoun [C]

 us   /stɑp/
  • stop noun [C] (SHORT STAY)

a ​shortperiod of ​time when you ​stay at a ​place, or the ​place where you ​stay: It was a five-hour ​driveincluding a 30-minute stop for ​lunch. A stop is a ​place where a ​bus or ​trainpauses to ​allowpassengers 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 ​activeanymore: Please ​wait until the ​plane comes to a ​complete stop before ​leavingyourseat.
(Definition of stop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stop" in Business English

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stopverb

uk   us   /stɒp/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to prevent something from ​happening or continuing, or to not continue to ​happen: Are these new ​environmentallaws enough to stop ​climatechange? The ​governmentdemanded 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 ​discountperiod is over, ​banksapply a ​heftycharge.
[T] to ​finish doing something: The company's ​flexiblepensionplanallows women to ​suspendcontributions if they stop ​work to have a family.stop doing sth The ​economicclimate pressured ​banks to stop ​lending to each other.
[I or T] if something such as a ​machine or ​system stops, it no ​longerworks 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 ​moneyrelating to a ​cheque you have written to someone
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stopnoun [S]

uk   us   /stɒp/ BANKING
an ​instruction to a ​bank or other ​financialorganization to not ​pay any ​money from your ​account when a ​cheque, ​card, etc. is used: Banks do not ​normallycharge for putting a stop onlostcheques.
come to a stop to stop ​happening: At one ​pointmaildeliveries just came to a stop.
put a stop to sth to stop something ​bad from ​happening or continuing: EU ​regulation has put a stop to huge ​roamingcharges when you use your ​mobilephone abroad.
(Definition of stop from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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