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
In 2005, as a local leader of the Bajrang Dal group, Suvarna had become known after stopping two Muslims transporting cows in a truck, stripping them naked and parading them before reporters while police looked on.—Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 The writers guild stopped picketing Sunday night after the tentative deal was announced.—Phil Helsel, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2023 Spruce hasn’t responded to requests to stop sending him collection notices; Cummings has now filed a suit in California Superior Court accusing Spruce of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.—Alana Semuels, Time, 26 Sep. 2023 After a short pursuit, one of them stopped near Lake Jennings Road in Lakeside.—David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2023 Likewise, therapists at HRTC don’t compel people to stop using drugs or alcohol completely.—Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 The time has come to do some work on your self-esteem, my friend, and stop comparing yourself to others.—Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2023 Fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy actress couldn't stop themselves from gushing over her style when photos of the boho chic look finally hit social media on September 1.—Annie O’Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 9 Sep. 2023 Advertisement If an investigation reveals that a water supplier has been taking more water than it is entitled to, the State Water Board can use its enforcement powers to make that stop.—Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2023
The band made the announcement during Tuesday’s performance in Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center, the first stop of its Still ...—Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Judge drops charges against Philadelphia officer who shot driver during stop
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Pew ruled there was not enough evidence to go to trial.—Phil Helsel, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2023 On the Kansas City stop of this tour, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce attempted to give Swift a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it, but never got the chance.—WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 Fashion alone has been altered irrevocably: Beyoncé’s custom looks for each concert are chronicled in all their intricate splendor on her Instagram, and her label Parkwood has been posting the fans in kind, showcasing their gorgeous outfit photos from each tour stop.—Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Pitchfork, 26 Sep. 2023 Kelce made the first attempt at contacting Swift, reaching out at her tour’s KC stop and trying to give her his number.—Vulture, 24 Sep. 2023 With September being National Potato Month, there’s no better way to celebrate the root vegetable than by eating your way through the 19 stops of the Boise Potato Trail.—Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 22 Sep. 2023 The subway rumbled toward its final stop north of Seoul.—Victoria Kim Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Maybe the most important stop was a third-down sack of Cal quarterback Sam Jackson V in the fourth quarter, which led to the final of the three missed field goals.—Matt Cohen | McOhen@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 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