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To stop something from continuing or developing - thesaurus

Synonyms

interfere with

to prevent something from happening or developing in the correct way

inhibit

verb

to make it difficult for a process to start or continue in a normal way

disrupt

verb

to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem

hamper

verb

to prevent something from happening or progressing normally

cramp

verb

to prevent something from developing as successfully as it could

scotch

verb

to stop something from continuing before it has a chance to develop more

stifle

verb

to stop something from developing normally

strangle

verb

to stop the development of something, especially an economy

hobble

verb

to prevent something developing or being successful

abort

verb

to stop something before it is finished, for example because it would be difficult or dangerous to continue

frustrate

verb

legal if you frustrate a contract or other agreement, you make it impossible to fulfil

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arrest

verb

formal to stop a process from continuing, especially to stop a bad situation from getting worse

blow a hole in something

to damage a plan or idea so that it cannot succeed, or so that people no longer believe it

break

verb

to stop a bad situation from continuing

burn your boats/bridges

to do something that makes it impossible for you to return to the situation you were in before

bust

verb

informal to stop an activity or organization from continuing to happen or exist

choke

verb

to stop someone or something from developing or being successful

clog

verb

to slow down progress or an activity

close the book on something

to end something unpleasant that has been continuing for a long time

confine

verb

to prevent something dangerous from spreading

contain

verb

to prevent something harmful from spreading to other people or places

control

verb

to prevent something harmful from spreading or becoming more dangerous

control

verb

to prevent something from increasing too much or too quickly

crimp

verb

Americaninformal to prevent something from increasing or developing

cut

verb

to stop the supply of something, or to stop something working

cut into

to interrupt an activity or process

cut something short

to make something last for less time than planned

derail

verb

mainly journalism to prevent something from continuing in the way that it was planned

disconnect

verb

to stop the supply of gas, water, or electricity, or the telephone service to a building

extinguish

verb

mainly literary to stop a feeling or idea from continuing to exist

freeze

verb

to legally stop a supply of money from being available to someone

frustrate

verb

to prevent someone or something from succeeding

gum up the works

British to stop a process from working smoothly

halt

verb

mainly journalism if you halt something, or if it halts, it does not continue or develop any further

hinder

verb

to stop someone or something from making progress or developing

hold back

to stop something from progressing or developing as it should

hold down

to prevent something from developing, or to prevent someone from doing what they want

interrupt

verb

to make something stop for a period of time

interrupt

verb

formal if something interrupts something such as a line or a surface, it stops it from being continuous

intervene

verb

to delay an event, or to make it difficult to do

kill

verb

to stop something from continuing

kill off

to stop, get rid of, or destroy something

nip something in the bud

to stop a bad situation from becoming worse by taking action at an early stage of its development

paralyse

verb

to make something unable to operate normally

paralyze

the American spelling of paralyse

pull the plug (on something)

to stop an activity, especially by no longer providing the money needed to allow it to continue

put the kibosh on something

to do something that spoils someone’s plans

put the mockers on

Britishinformal to prevent something from happening, or to spoil someone’s plans

put the skids on/under something

to cause something to fail, or to stop it from continuing to happen

quash

verb

formal to stop something from continuing

quell

verb

formal to cause a violent situation to end

retard

verb

formal to slow down or delay the development or progress of something

sabotage

verb

to deliberately stop someone from achieving something, or to deliberately prevent a plan or process from being successful

scrap

verb

informal to decide not to continue with something such as a plan or an event

scratch

verb

informal to decide not to continue with something such as a plan or a project

scuttle

verb

to make a plan, agreement, attempt etc fail or stop

shelve

verb

to decide not to use something such as a plan or suggestion now, although you may use it later

short-circuit

verb

mainly American to prevent something such as a career, plan, process etc from being successful

shut off

to stop the flow of something, usually water or electricity

snuff out

to make something end quickly, especially by using force

squeeze out

if one business or part of a system squeezes out another, the first one becomes so important or successful, or takes up so much time, that the other cannot succeed or continue to exist

stamp on

to stop something by taking determined action

stamp out

to end something bad or unpleasant by taking strong and determined action

staunch

verb

to stop the flow of something, especially blood

stem

verb

formal to stop liquid from flowing

stop something in its tracks

to prevent something from continuing

stunt someone’s/something’s growth

to stop someone or something from growing

stymie

verb

informal to stop someone from achieving an aim, or to stop some process from continuing

suffocate

verb

to prevent a relationship, business, skill etc from developing in a positive way

suppress

verb

to stop an activity, especially by making laws or by using your authority

suppress

verb

to stop a physical process from happening or developing

suspend

verb

to officially stop something for a short time

suspend

verb

to officially remove the authority or effectiveness of something for a time

throttle

verb

to create problems that make it very difficult for something to continue or to develop

throw/put a spanner in the works

British to do something that suddenly stops a process or plan

upset

verb

to make something stop working in the normal way

wash out

if rain washes out an event, it prevents it from taking place or from continuing

wreck

verb

to damage something such as a plan or a relationship so badly that it no longer exists

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