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English definition of “stop”

stop

verb (FINISH)    /stɒp/ US  /stɑːp/ (-pp-)
A1 [I or T] to finish doing something that you were doing: Once I start eating chocolate , I can't stop. [+ -ing verb] Stop shout ing - you're giving me a headache ! I couldn't stop laugh ing . Stop it!/Stop that!Causing something to endComing to an end B1 [I or T] to not continue to operate : My watch must have stopped. The air conditioner has stopped working .Not functioning 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 !"Immobility A1 [I + -ing verb] to finish doing something that you do regularly or as a habit : Apparently she's stopped drink ing . I stopped see ing him last year .Causing something to endComing to an end A2 [I] to pause in a journey or an activity for a short time : 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 .Cancelling and interrupting Grammar:Stop + -ing form or to-infinitiveWe use the -ing form after stop to indicate that an action or event is no longer continuing:
(Definition of stop verb (FINISH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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