Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

stop - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb stop pronunciation in British English /stɒp/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theystop
he/she/itstops
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.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to no longer do something
    We stopped work and went for a drink.
    stop doing something: I want to stop smoking.
    Suddenly everyone stopped talking.
    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
    The car stopped at the traffic lights.
    Lots of people stopped and stared at the accident.
    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 Nice?
    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 shop 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 someones house for a short time
    Have you got time to stop for a cup of coffee?
    stop the night: I stopped the night with Tom.

phrases

 

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog