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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
An abnormally warm autumn is possibly the only factor stopping it for now.—Oleksiy Pshemyskiy, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2023 But once the case settled, the special treatment stopped.—Nikki Battiste, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2023 The upcoming installment in the franchise originally began production in late June in Spain, with Marcel also serving as the writer, but stopped production when the actors strike began in July.—Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Nov. 2023 The brand’s fall event has the same vibes as a Black Friday sale, with up to $989 off mattresses, plus—stop us if this sounds familiar—two free down-alternative pillows with your purchase.—Jake Smith, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2023 In this stage of deterioration, no one is talking about treating metabolic disease; often, patients even stop checking their blood sugar.—Julie Roskamp, STAT, 24 Nov. 2023 Turning a Profit: The Biden administration and the Colombian government have vowed to stop the migrant tide through the jungle.—Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The People’s City Council — Los Angeles also participated in a march of hundreds of protesters supporting the Palestinians through the Grove on Black Friday, disrupting holiday shoppers before stopping traffic on Fairfax Avenue outside the mall.—Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Private security eventually stopped anyone without a train ticket from entering the building as Chicago police stationed dozens of officers outside.—NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023
The epicenter of holiday magic, Congress Hall — a stately seaside resort that’s welcomed guests since 1816 and even served as the summer White House during Benjamin Harrison’s presidency — pulls out all the festive stops.—Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 Her films have recently toured the festival circuit with stops at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, the HollyShorts Film Festival, the Rhode Island Film Festival and the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.—Jaden Thompson, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 The retailer also carries Dyson vacuums and air purifiers at a discount, so browse those while making your Black Friday stop.—Sarah Han, Allure, 24 Nov. 2023 Related The swing will include a stop at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on May 2, as well as stadium shows in Las Vegas, Seattle, Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Denver, Chicago, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, wrapping up on July 17 with a gig at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Donna made several appearances leading up to Monday's game, including stops at Raising Cane's and Kylie's field hockey camp for Kansas City kids on Sunday.—Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 That demand is clear at a recent stop at a public library in rural Westcliffe when a dozen people arrive ahead of the clinic’s opening at 10 a.m.—Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 But at her final stop at Northern Arizona University on Oct. 17, 10 days after the Hamas attacks, a student confronted her about the growing casualties in Gaza.—Courtney Subramanian, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 All seven stops will feature two days of performances.—Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023
After years of non-stop work, Maluma was tired.—Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 7 Feb. 2021 The non-stop buzz, the magazine articles, the red-carpet interviews.—Ellis Rosen, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2023 Beginning in July, Southwest Airlines is adding non-stop service to Las Vegas on Sundays, to complement the current Saturday service.—William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 30 Mar. 2023 From the moment that ChatGPT was released into the wild, it’s been a non-stop stream of new products, features and announcements all across tech.—Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The three-time world champion’s path to victory was a non-stop dogfight between some of the most legendary dragsters in NHRA history.—Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2023 For five days straight, millions of people flock to the bustling, South American treasure for non-stop celebrations of community, and freedom—and after a brief hiatus following the COVID pandemic—hopefulness.—Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 24 Mar. 2023 While people around him acted as non-stop consumers, justifying their existence in this manner, Michael hardly ever went shopping.—László F. Földényi, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 During the work week, Dave and Jenny have a non-stop schedule.—Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English stoppen, from Old English -stoppian, from Vulgar Latin *stuppare to stop with tow, from Latin stuppa tow, from Greek styppē
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