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Meaning of “stop” - Learner’s Dictionary

stop

verb     /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).Stop having or doing something
FOR A SHORT TIME [I]
A2 to stop a journey or an activity for a short time: He stopped at a pub for lunch.Staying and remainingWaiting
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?Causing something to endComing to an end
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.Staying and remainingWaiting
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?Staying and remainingWaitingBoarding and alighting from modes of transport
END [T]
B1 to make something end: We must find a way to stop the war.Causing something to endComing to an end
PREVENT [T]
B1 to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something: [+ from + doing sth] Health workers are trying to stop the disease from spreading.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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 having or doing something
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 Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingForms of money and methods of payment
(Definition of stop verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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