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To make a machine or piece of machinery stop working

break

verb

if a piece of equipment breaks, or if you break it, it stops working correctly because a part of it is damaged

brick

verb

to cause a mobile device such as a phone or a tablet to stop working by updating or installing software on it

cannibalize

verb

to take parts of something, for example parts from a machine, in order to make something else

cut

verb

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

deactivate

verb

to prevent something such as a bomb or an alarm from being able to work

disable

verb

to stop a machine or piece of equipment from working properly

disengage

verb

if part of a machine disengages, or if you disengage it, it is no longer connected to the main part of the machine

flash

verb

to switch a bright light on, or on and off, especially as a signal

flick

verb

to move a switch in order to turn something such as a light or machine on or off

flip off

to switch off a light, machine, etc.

immobilize

verb

to stop something from working

incapacitate

verb

to make someone or something unable to live or work normally

jam

verb

to block something so that it stops working or moving

kill

verb

to switch lights off

pause

verb

to make a CD, DVD, game, etc. stop for a short time by pressing a button

put out

to switch off a light

retire

verb

to remove machines or equipment from a place because they are old and no longer useful

scrap

verb

to take an old machine or vehicle apart and throw away all the parts that cannot be used

shut down

if a machine or computer shuts down, or if someone shuts it down, it stops operating

shut off

if a machine shuts off, or if someone shuts it off, it stops working

stop

verb

to no longer work, or to cause something to no longer work

switch off

if you switch off something such as a light or a machine, or if it switches off, it stops working

throw

verb

if you throw a switch, handle, etc., you move it up or down, for example in order to start or stop a machine

trip

verb

to make a switch go on or off, especially by accident

turn off

to stop a piece of equipment working temporarily by pressing a button or by moving a switch

turn off

to stop using a supply of water, gas, or electricity by turning a faucet, pressing a button, or moving a switch

turn out

to stop using a light by pressing a button or moving a switch

disengagement

noun

immobilization

noun

flip a switch

to switch a light, machine, etc. on or off

put/throw something out of gear

to stop something from working as it should

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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