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)

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

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 stoppable (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 Many experts countered that seasonal effects wouldn’t stop the new virus, which was already spreading in the tropics. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is an Intuition Nightmare," 9 Sep. 2020 Not just because the Hoyas went 121-23 during his career, but because of the man who would stop practice and start lecturing his players about life. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, "John Thompson fought racism at every stop over storied basketball career," 9 Sep. 2020 Doherty objected that the police arbitration law changes under consideration by the committee would stop the practice of having police unions and government leaders negotiate police discipline matrices as part of labor contract bargaining. oregonlive, "Oregon Democratic lawmakers urge 3rd special session to pass more police reforms," 4 Sep. 2020 For us, Beirut was something else—a city with friends who would stop by for an impromptu coffee, with neighbors who looked in on each other and dinner conversations that didn’t revolve around the latest Trump tweets. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "The Family Scars Left by the Beirut Blast," 3 Sep. 2020 Tikhanovskaya promised the movement would not stop until Lukashenko relinquished power. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Dozens of Belarus protesters missing after third weekend of demonstrations, opposition leader says," 2 Sep. 2020 Up until the pandemic, Brink said Village Line brought in steady income, thanks to a dedicated base of patrons who would stop by the local watering hole. Dave Fidlin, Washington Examiner, "Supporters create campaign for NY bar owner who had license suspended over suspected virus restriction violation," 1 Sep. 2020 Things could get worse in the coming weeks, as Australia introduces a bill that would stop states from participating in President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Australian TV Anchor’s Detention Shows Country’s China Problem May Worsen," 1 Sep. 2020 The union is asking for a court order that would immediately stop the department from enforcing sections of the new law that conflict with the contract. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Connecticut state troopers argue in court against police accountability law that would open personnel files sealed by contract," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Tahoe then hit a light pole on the south side of the road before coming to a stop, Cox said. Madeline Ackley, The Arizona Republic, "Man accused of committing extreme DUI after driving into back of fire truck," 13 Sep. 2020 The driver must come to a complete stop, yielding to oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate hazard. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: ATVs not legal, wise on highway," 12 Sep. 2020 This gives the flight attendants time to prepare the cabin and passengers for evacuation once the airplane comes to a stop. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: How is air filtered in airplane lavatories to prevent spreading coronavirus?," 11 Sep. 2020 Justin Gavin was walking down West Main Street and minding his own business when the 18-year-old saw a car on fire rolling to a stop at Sperry Street, Capt. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Waterbury teen hailed as hero after pulling mother, 3 young children from burning car," 10 Sep. 2020 The truck came to a stop in the right emergency shoulder. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "Small plane makes emergency landing on Alligator Alley," 9 Sep. 2020 Not only did the brake pedal provide firm and consistent feedback, the brakes helped haul the big B7 to a stop from 70 mph in only 151 feet. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 BMW Alpina B7 Upends the 7-Series Hierarchy," 9 Sep. 2020 Then the Coronavirus shutdown slowed the country and daily life to a stop. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "“This very possibly is going to be my last year”: Jack Beckman is savoring every moment of history," 6 Sep. 2020 As the truck came to a stop, witnesses told police, Morgan walked around to the driver's side and pulled his wife of 12 years out by her hair, headbutted her, punched her several times and pushed her into oncoming traffic as a semi-truck approached. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Police seek Florida man in interstate-highway attack on wife," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Southwest’s latest cuts include 15 non-stop routes from Dallas Love Field that were previously included on the schedule, including flights from Dallas to Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland and Seattle. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines is cutting 35,000 flights in October when stimulus money runs out," 21 Aug. 2020 When the city landed the event more than a year ago, it was hoped that 50,000 people would travel to Milwaukee for four non-stop days and nights of politics. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Joe Biden won't travel to Milwaukee for 2020 DNC because of coronavirus concerns," 5 Aug. 2020 Available deals include a non-stop trip from Houston to New Orleans beginning at $39 one way. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Southwest and Alaska Airlines offer one-way tickets for $39," 24 June 2020 Following weeks of protests around the country, and non-stop protests in all boroughs of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that the New York Police Department (NYPD) will be disbanding its anti-crime unit of plainclothes officers. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "NYPD Eliminated Their Plainclothes Officer Unit — But This Disguises A Larger Problem," 16 June 2020 Board the non-stop, red-eye on Norwegian from JFK and wake up the next morning in Arlanda International Airport. Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Stockholm," 11 June 2020 Masks will be required, so the non-stop eating/drinking experience of attending a baseball game could be curtailed. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Could significant marches across U.S. provide COVID-19 clues that would impact MLB’s return?," 8 June 2020 Thousands hitched bus ride to this year’s O.C. Fair Ridership on this year’s OC Fair Express — a non-stop bus service for fair-goers — increased by more than 4% over 2018, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Jackson Browne, ‘Star Wars’ headline upcoming Pacific Amphitheatre concerts," 15 Aug. 2019 However, within his stop start term, the Sporting CP academy graduate has aided his side's Scudetto charge by providing three assists, the last of which came in September. SI.com, "West Ham Set to Reopen Talks With Inter for Joao Mario Following Loan Deal Breakdown," 19 Jan. 2018

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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

15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stop. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for stop

stop

verb
How to pronounce stop (audio)

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
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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