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 His car came to a stop several blocks away, and the victim was taken to the hospital from there, police said. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, 10 June 2021 Right now, Howard’s Birmingham date is the only Alabama stop on her 2021 tour. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 9 June 2021 The walk was always the same, to the nearest stop sign and back, but the conversations ranged wide and deep. Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Her refined look immediately struck a chord with casting directors and what followed was five years of non-stop modeling and travel. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 June 2021 While legendary stop-motion special-effects artist Ray Harryhausen’s mythical monsters proved a box-office draw, the gods themselves were portrayed by a pantheon of great actors, like Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, and Laurence Olivier. James Grebey, Vulture, 8 June 2021 In addition to hitting festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, the Cincinnati stop is one of the first dates of Foo Fighters’ Anniversary Tour. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 4 June 2021 In 2019, Rodrigo and Irma returned to Finland with their young children in tow, a trip that included a stop-off at Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Francesca Street, CNN, 4 June 2021 Ponthier, 25, started posting in 2019, sharing breezy covers of popular songs while displaying her talents with sculpture and stop-motion animation (also featured in her official music videos). Stephen Daw, Billboard, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pro tips: Water fountains and restrooms, plus shaded benches, make the preserve a nice stop for cyclists and joggers on the South Lake Trail. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 11 June 2021 For months, the multi-tiered green-and-orange trolleys were restricted to a single stop. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 The incident began when DeKalb sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull Gas over for a traffic stop. Henri Hollis, ajc, 10 June 2021 On the night of the crash, Dunn allegedly clocked Harper, who was pregnant at the time, driving 84 mph in a 70 mph zone and put on his emergency lights to begin a traffic stop of her car, according to the lawsuit. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 10 June 2021 The tour will include a stop at Janowski Homestead Hostas, where there will be more than 200 varieties of hostas to see and purchase. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 There is speculation that Stevens used the basement as a stop on the Underground Railroad, but there is no concrete evidence to support this. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 San Antonio police released body camera footage Thursday of a deadly shootout between two men and an officer during a West Side traffic stop in April. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 10 June 2021 Right Now tour, which kicks off in Europe in January 2022 followed in February by a string of UK dates and a stop in Paris, France before heading into the North American leg of the tour. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Southwest will also begin offering seasonal non-stop service between Cancun and Chicago O’Hare International Airport starting Nov. 7. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Avelo and Breeze will be two new disruptors, promising friendly service, low fares, and flights on many routes that have limited or no current non-stop service. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 21 May 2021 For Lyons, the return brought more upheaval to a year of non-stop change. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 25 May 2021 Yet from the start, America has been in a non-stop struggle over that supposedly very-American proposition. Jeffrey D. Sachs, CNN, 25 May 2021 With no chance for the rain to dry up between now and then, the non-stop precipitation could lead to widespread flooding. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 17 May 2021 Air Canada will also resume its previous non-stop service from Toronto to Honolulu (December 17th), from Calgary to Maui (December 18th), and from Vancouver to Honolulu, Maui, and Kona (various dates in the fall/winter). Will Mcgough, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Broscious is one of the top linemen in the country with a non-stop work ethic who picked it up a few more notches since that loss. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2021 Paye remains a little raw in this department, but his ceiling is high because of his non-stop motor and tremendous athletic talent. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2021

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

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12 Jun 2021

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