Meaning of “stop” - Learner’s Dictionary

stop

verb uk us /stɒp/ (present participle stopping, past tense and past participle stopped)
FINISH [ I, T ]

A1 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 ]

A2 to stop a journey or an activity for a short time:

He stopped at a pub for lunch.
NOT OPERATE [ I, T ]

B1 to not continue to operate, or to make something not continue to operate:

My watch has stopped.
Can you stop the tape for a minute?
FINISH MOVING [ I, T ]

B1 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 ]

A2 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 ]

B1 to make something end:

We must find a way to stop the war.
PREVENT [ T ]

B1 to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something:

Stop it/that!

A1 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 (US stop a check) to prevent money from being paid from a cheque (= a piece of paper that you sign to pay for things)

→ See also stop at nothing , stop the rot

(Definition of “stop verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)