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English definition of “stop”

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 rotPreventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingForms of money and methods of payment
(Definition of stop verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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