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verb stop pronunciation in British English /stɒp/
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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.

  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.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to no longer move

    The car stopped at the traffic lights.

    Lots of people stopped and stared at the accident.

    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. 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. 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.

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