stop

verb
\ ˈstäp How to pronounce stop (audio) \
stopped; stopping

Definition of stop

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to close by filling or obstructing
b : to hinder or prevent the passage of
c : to get in the way of : be wounded or killed by easy to stop a bullet along a lonely … road— Harvey Fergusson
2a : to close up or block off (an opening) : plug
b : to make impassable : choke, obstruct
c : to cover over or fill in (a hole or crevice)
3a : to cause to give up or change a course of action
b : to keep from carrying out a proposed action : restrain, prevent stopped them from leaving
4a : to cause to cease : check, suppress
5a : to deduct or withhold (a sum due)
b : to instruct one's bank to refuse (payment) or refuse payment of (something, such as a check)
6a : to arrest the progress or motion of : cause to halt stopped the car
b : parry
c : to check by means of a weapon : bring down, kill
d : to beat in a boxing match by a knockout broadly : defeat
7a : to change the pitch of (something, such as a violin string) by pressing with the finger
b : to change the pitch of (a wind instrument) by closing one or more finger holes or by thrusting the hand or a mute into the bell
8 : to hold an honor card and enough protecting cards to be able to block (a bridge suit) before an opponent can run many tricks

intransitive verb

1a : to cease activity or operation his heart stopped the motor stopped
b : to come to an end especially suddenly : close, finish The talking stopped when she entered the room.
2a : to cease to move on : halt
3a : to break one's journey : stay
b chiefly British : remain
c : to make a brief call : drop in
4 : to become choked : clog the sink often stops up

stop

noun

Definition of stop (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : cessation, end
b : a pause or breaking off in speech
2a(1) : a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality
(2) : a corresponding set of vibrators or reeds of a reed organ
(3) : stop knob often used figuratively in phrases like pull out all the stops to suggest holding nothing back
b : a means of regulating the pitch of a musical instrument
3a : something that impedes, obstructs, or brings to a halt : impediment, obstacle
b : the aperture of a camera lens also : a marking of a series (as of f-numbers) on a camera for indicating settings of the diaphragm
c : a drain plug : stopper
4 : a device for arresting or limiting motion
5 : the act of stopping : the state of being stopped : check
6a : a halt in a journey : stay made a brief stop to refuel
b : a stopping place a bus stop
7a chiefly British : any of several punctuation marks
b used in telegrams and cables to indicate a period
c : a pause or break in a verse that marks the end of a grammatical unit
8a : an order stopping payment (as of a check or note) by a bank
9 : a consonant characterized by complete closure of the breath passage in the course of articulation — compare continuant
10 : a depression in the face of an animal at the junction of forehead and muzzle
11 : a function of an electronic device that stops a recording

stop

adjective

Definition of stop (Entry 3 of 3)

: serving to stop : designed to stop stop line stop signal

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Other Words from stop

Verb

stoppable \ ˈstä-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce stop (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

stop, cease, quit, discontinue, desist mean to suspend or cause to suspend activity. stop applies to action or progress or to what is operating or progressing and may imply suddenness or definiteness. stopped at the red light cease applies to states, conditions, or existence and may add a suggestion of gradualness and a degree of finality. by nightfall the fighting had ceased quit may stress either finality or abruptness in stopping or ceasing. the engine faltered, sputtered, then quit altogether discontinue applies to the stopping of an accustomed activity or practice. we have discontinued the manufacture of that item desist implies forbearance or restraint as a motive for stopping or ceasing. desisted from further efforts to persuade them

Examples of stop in a Sentence

Verb She was walking toward me, and then she suddenly stopped. The bus stopped at the corner. He stopped to watch the sun set. He stopped to pick up a penny. The car was going so fast that it couldn't stop in time. The traffic light turned red, so she had to stop. Stop that man! He stole my wallet. They stopped us at the border to check our passports. She stopped the car and turned back. He was stopped by the police for speeding. Noun His first stop will be Washington, D.C. Our first stop has to be the gas station. I need to make a stop at the grocery store on the way home. The next stop is Main Street and Tower Square. I'm getting off at the next stop. Slow down as you approach the stop.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For all his efforts, Johnson won't be able to stop Democrats from passing the sweeping package that includes billions of dollars for vaccine distribution, enhanced unemployment benefits, and aid for schools and state and local governments. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson's quest to stall a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package: after marathon delay tactic, Democrats turn the tables," 6 Mar. 2021 An automatic circuit breaker safety mechanism is activated to stop stock prices from free falling. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "A year of COVID-19: What was going on in the US in March 2020," 5 Mar. 2021 Like previous protests, Mr. Johnson’s actions won’t be able to stop passage of the coronavirus relief bill. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "Ron Johnson Emerges as Democrats’ Chief Antagonist in Covid-19 Aid Push," 5 Mar. 2021 To conclude, tech stocks need to stop moving lower, and the rest of the sectors can push the stock market higher. Naeem Aslam, Forbes, "Will The U.S. Stock Market Crash Soon?," 5 Mar. 2021 Under pressure from the judiciary, agents were told to stop using the stash house stings, and prosecutors ultimately made deals with dozens of defendants that led to their release. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "With judges critical of ‘stash house’ tactic in federal cases, the convicted see chance for redemption," 5 Mar. 2021 The researchers also asked study participants to guess when their conversational counterparts had wanted to stop talking. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Most People Don’t Know When to Stop Talking, According to Science," 4 Mar. 2021 The state had to stop billing the federal government for services at Eleanor Slater, which added to its financial woes. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, "Doctor raises alarms about discharges from state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital," 4 Mar. 2021 Families members and even some patients urged him to stop aiding in their opioid dependency and pharmacies, insurers and Medicaid warned him about excessive opioid prescriptions, prosecutors said. CBS News, "New York doctor charged with murder in 5 opioid deaths," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of packing up and heading to the next stop on the schedule, Elliott gets one more chance to leave the iconic track a winner before driving south to Homestead. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Chase Elliott eyes Daytona road course win after tough week," 20 Feb. 2021 Cruz tried to flee, with his girlfriend in the front passenger seat, but the car was hit by police vehicles and came to a stop, at which point Eulizier left his cruiser and stepped in front of Cruz’s car. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Family of Wethersfield teen killed by police in 2019 files federal lawsuit against former officer," 18 Feb. 2021 Red's girlfriend told police that the other driver began slamming on his brakes repeatedly before the vehicles came to a stop in front of Bass Pro Shops, the report states. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Police: Man stabbed multiple times in Little Rock altercation," 11 Feb. 2021 The cars careened again off the wall, plowing into the final turn and sliding to a stop on the infield grass. Mike Harris, Star Tribune, "AP Was There: Earnhardt killed in 2001 Daytona 500 crash," 11 Feb. 2021 The Tundra came to a stop back on the highway and was then hit by two cars, Barner said. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Cops: Marietta man fled scene after causing fatal 6-car wreck on I-285," 8 Feb. 2021 The heaviest-in-test Chevy makes a triumphant run, grinding to a stop 3.7 feet past a full pull. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram HD Pickup Pull-Off," 5 Feb. 2021 According to Niles police, the 60-year-old woman was driving west on Ballard Road from Washington Street around 12:15 p.m. when an SUV pulled in front of her car, forcing her to come to a stop. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Driver robbed at gunpoint in Niles; similar incident reported in Morton Grove," 21 Jan. 2021 But, with the ball in the fourth quarter and a chance to tie, the Rams’ offense sputtered to a stop. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Rams quarterback Jared Goff plays well in loss, but starting job remains uncertain," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Being in non-stop attack mode helped Johnson secure a spot in the Spurs’ starting lineup. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson is the NBA lottery pick that wasn't," 19 Feb. 2021 Health care workers were exhausted, not just from the non-stop work, but from seeing the rising daily death count, Marsh said. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "At an Arlington COVID-19 vaccination site, a first responder sees ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’," 15 Jan. 2021 Plays through the whistle and has a non-stop motor. oregonlive, "Jonathan Flowe, 4-star outside linebacker, commits to Oregon Ducks," 15 Dec. 2020 And Singapore Air earlier this week restarted its non-stop service between Singapore and New York, the world’s longest flight, as the tiny island nation struggles to retain its relevance as a global aviation hub. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "A Third of the World’s Air Routes Have Been Lost Due to Covid," 12 Nov. 2020 Still, opt for non-stop routes or flights with shorter layover times to avoid spending time in airports. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "10 ways families can minimize holiday travel risk," 23 Nov. 2020 Maxey makes up for his lack of height with strength and a non-stop motor. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "9 players the Pelicans could target with their first-round picks," 17 Nov. 2020 Even when an effective vaccine is found, the economic reality of the recovery may mean some non-stop flights are gone for good. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "A Third of the World’s Air Routes Have Been Lost Due to Covid," 12 Nov. 2020 With a non-stop onslaught of severe storms, wildfires and hurricanes, 2020 has been a calamitous year for weather in the US. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Delta could be the USA's record-breaking 17th weather disaster of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of stop

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stop

Verb

Middle English stoppen, from Old English -stoppian, from Vulgar Latin *stuppare to stop with tow, from Latin stuppa tow, from Greek styppē

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Time Traveler for stop

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The first known use of stop was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

8 Mar 2021

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“Stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stop. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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stop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to not move, walk, etc., after doing so before
: to cause (someone or something) to not move, walk, etc., after doing so before
: to not do something that you have been doing before : to not continue doing something

stop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state in which someone or something is no longer moving
: a state in which no further activity happens
sports : a play that stops an opponent from scoring a goal

stop

verb
\ ˈstäp How to pronounce stop (audio) \
stopped; stopping

Kids Definition of stop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cease moving especially temporarily or for a purpose I stopped to catch my breath. The bus stops here.
2 : to halt the movement or progress of Stop the car!
3 : to keep from doing something I couldn't stop him from leaving.
4 : to come or bring (something) to an end The rain stopped. Stop that yelling.
5 : to cease operating or functioning The engine just stopped.
6 : to close or block up or become closed or blocked up : plug I stopped my ears with cotton. The drain was stopped up.
7 : to take time Stop to think first.

stop

noun

Kids Definition of stop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : end entry 1 sense 2, finish Let's put a stop to the arguing.
2 : the act of bringing or coming to a halt : the state of being stopped The train came to a stop.
3 : a halt in a journey : stay We made a brief stop in the mountains.
4 : a stopping place a bus stop
5 : something that delays, blocks, or brings to a halt a door stop
6 : stopper, plug
7 : a set of organ pipes of one tone quality : a control knob for such a set

stop

verb
stopped; stopping

Legal Definition of stop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to halt stopped payment
2 : to subject to a legal stop

intransitive verb

: to cease activity or motion

stop

noun

Legal Definition of stop (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of stopping specifically : a temporary detention that constitutes a limited seizure of a person for the purpose of inquiry or investigation and that must be based on reasonable suspicion — see also terry stop — compare arrest

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