Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stop”

See all translations

stop

verb
 
 
/stɒp/ (-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
(Definition of stop verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stop?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “stop” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More