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verb     stop pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestopping
past tensestopped
past participlestopped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to prevent someone from doing something, or to prevent something from happening

    Policies like this aren’t going to stop crime.

    stop someone (from) doing something:

    A broken leg won’t stop me from going to the concert.

    there’s nothing to stop you:

    There’s nothing to stop you from asking him. He might agree.

    1. a.
      to prevent a payment from being made

      When they saw his work, they stopped payment on their check.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to no longer do something

    We stopped work when we heard the alarm.

    stop doing something:

    I want to stop smoking.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something stops, it does not continue

      When the rain stops, I’m going out.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to no longer move
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [transitive] to ask someone to stop walking or driving so that you can talk to them

      I stopped a woman and asked her for directions.

      He was stopped for speeding.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] if a bus or train stops somewhere, it stops moving in order to let passengers on or off
      stop at:

      Does the train stop at terminal three?

    3. c.
      [intransitive] to pause while you are moving or doing something so that you can do something else

      He stopped and listened before opening the door.

      Did you ever stop to think what might happen?

      stop to do something:

      I stopped to get a drink of water.

      stop for:

      I stopped at the store for some cheese.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to no longer work, or to cause something to no longer work

    My watch has stopped.

    Can you stop the engine?

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] British spoken to stay at someone’s house for a short time
  6. 6



    stop up

    [transitive] to block something such as a pipe or hole so that water or another substance cannot go through it
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