Definition of “stop” - English Dictionary

“stop” in English

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uk /stɒp/ us /stɑːp/ -pp-

stop verb (FINISH)

A1 [ I or T ] to finish doing something that you were doing:

Once I start eating chocolate, I can't stop.
[ + -ing verb ] Stop shouting - you're giving me a headache!
I couldn't stop laughing.
Stop it!/Stop that!

B1 [ I or T ] to not continue to operate:

My watch must have stopped.
The air conditioner has stopped working.

B1 [ I or T ] to not move any more or to make someone or something not move any more:

Stop the car, I want to get out!
I heard him shout, "Stop, or I'll shoot!"

A1 [ I + -ing verb ] to finish doing something that you do regularly or as a habit:

Apparently she's stopped drinking.
I stopped seeing him last year.

A2 [ I ] to pause for a short time while travelling or during an activity:

Does this train stop at Finsbury Park?
Why don't you just stop somewhere and ask for directions?
[ + to infinitive ] I stopped to pick up a letter that I'd dropped.

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stop verb (PREVENT)

B1 [ T ] to prevent someone from doing something:

If she really wants to leave, I don't understand what's stopping her.
[ + -ing verb ] They've put barriers up to stop people (from) getting through.
Something must be done to stop the fighting.
stop a cheque UK US stop a check, stop payment on a check

to tell your bank not to deal with a cheque that you have written, so that the money is not paid from your bank account

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stop verb (STAY)

UK [ I ] to stay in a place:

Are you coming with me or are you stopping here?
I can't stop - Marc is waiting for me outside.
Now that you're here, why don't you stop for some tea?
I've been out every night this week, so I thought I'd stop in (= stay at home) tonight.
We stopped up (= did not go to bed) until two o'clock last night watching the late film.

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stopnoun [ C ]

uk /stɒp/ us /stɑːp/

B1 the act of stopping an activity or journey, or a period of time when you stop:

Please remain in your seat until the plane comes to a complete stop.
We'd have been here sooner, but we made several stops along the way.
At the beginning of the project there were a lot of stops and starts.
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A1 a place where vehicles, especially buses, stop in order to allow passengers to get off and on:

a bus stop
I'm getting off at the next stop.
Is this our stop (= where we must get off)?

UK short form of full stop noun

specialized phonetics a plosive (= consonant that is made by completely stopping the flow of air)

put a stop to sth

C1 to stop an unpleasant, unwanted activity or habit from continuing:

He used to smoke in bed when I first got to know him, but I soon put a stop to that!

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(Definition of “stop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“stop” in American English

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us /stɑp/ -pp-

stop verb (FINISH)

[ I/T ] to finish doing something or end, or to cause someone or something to finish:

[ I ] When do you think the snow will stop?
[ T ] When will it stop snowing?
[ T ] Please stop pushing.
[ T ] Fortunately, police stopped the fight before anyone got hurt.

stop verb (PREVENT)

[ T ] to prevent someone from doing something:

Lifeguards stopped them from going into the water because sharks had been spotted in the area.

stop verb (PAUSE)

[ I/T ] to pause or stay in a place, or cause someone to pause:

[ I ] We stopped for gas and had something to eat.
[ + to infinitive ] We’d better stop at the next rest area to let the kids go to the bathroom.
[ T ] Naomi was stopped at the gate and asked to show identification.

stopnoun [ C ]

us /stɑp/

stop noun [ C ] (SHORT STAY)

a short period of time when you stay at a place, or the place where you stay:

It was a five-hour drive including a 30-minute stop for lunch.

A stop is a place where a bus or train pauses to allow passengers to get off and on:

I’m getting off at the next stop.

stop noun [ C ] (FINISH)

the act of stopping an activity, or the state in which someone or something is not moving or active anymore:

Please wait until the plane comes to a complete stop before leaving your seat.

(Definition of “stop” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“stop” in Business English

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uk /stɒp/ us -pp-

[ I or T ] to prevent something from happening or continuing, or to not continue to happen:

Are these new environmental laws enough to stop climate change?
The government demanded that the payments stop.
stop production/publication/trading The board obtained an injunction to stop publication of the documents.
stop sb (from) doing sth To stop borrowers switching to another lender once the discount period is over, banks apply a hefty charge.

[ T ] to finish doing something:

The company's flexible pension plan allows women to suspend contributions if they stop work to have a family.
stop doing sth The economic climate pressured banks to stop lending to each other.

[ I or T ] if something such as a machine or system stops, it no longer works and needs to be repaired:

I didn't realize the time because my watch has stopped.
My TV came with a free radio which has stopped working.
stop a cheque UK US stop payment on a check

BANKING to tell your bank not to pay the money relating to a cheque you have written to someone

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stopnoun [ S ]

uk /stɒp/ us BANKING

an instruction to a bank or other financial organization to not pay any money from your account when a cheque, card, etc. is used:

Banks do not normally charge for putting a stop on lost cheques.
come to a stop

to stop happening:

At one point mail deliveries just came to a stop.
put a stop to sth

to stop something bad from happening or continuing:

EU regulation has put a stop to huge roaming charges when you use your mobile phone abroad.

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(Definition of “stop” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)