Meaning of “stop” - Learner’s Dictionary

stop

verb us uk /stɒp/ present participle stopping, past tense and past participle stopped
Extra Examples
It doesn't mean that you can stop working.Do you want to play another game or do you want to stop there?I wish he'd stop brooding about the past.When we heard the news, we stopped what we were doing and rushed to the hospital.The teacher's always telling him to stop talking.
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)