/stɒp/verb(present participlestopping, past tense and past participlestopped)
FINISH[I, T]›to finish doing something that you were doing: [+ doing sth]Stop laughing - it's not funny.He started to say something and then stopped.I'm trying to work but I keep having to stop to answer the phone (= stop so that I can answer the telephone).
FOR A SHORT TIME[I]›to stop a journey or an activity for a short time: He stopped at a pub for lunch.
NOT OPERATE[I, T]›to not continue to operate, or to make something not continue to operate: My watch has stopped.Can you stop the video for a minute?
FINISH MOVING[I, T]›to not move any more, or make someone or something not move any more: A car stopped outside the house.I stopped someone in the street to ask for directions.
BUS/TRAIN[I]›If a bus, train, etc stops at a particular place, it pauses at that place so that people can get on and off: Does this train stop at Cambridge?
END[T]›to make something end: We must find a way to stop the war.
PREVENT[T]›to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something: [+ from+ doing sth]Health workers are trying to stop the disease from spreading.
Stop it/that!›used to tell someone to finish doing something, usually something annoying: Stop it! I can't concentrate if you keep making a noise.
stop a cheque›UK(USstop a check)to prevent money from being paid from a cheque (= a piece of paper that you sign to pay for things) → See alsostop at nothing → See alsostop the rot