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stop

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • the manufacturer will stop selling the toy and will immediately recall all the units that have already been sold

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2 to bring (something) to a standstill
  • traffic was stopped for over an hour by the overturned truck

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3 to close up so that no empty spaces remain
  • I stopped the mouse hole with plaster

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4 to come to an end
  • the music stopped but we kept on dancing

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stop

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of stop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a brief halt in a journey
  • our guide called for a stop at the trail hut so we could eat and rest a bit

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2 a regular stopping place
  • had lunch on a picnic table at a shady rest stop along the highway

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4 the stopping of a process or activity
  • put a stop to this nonsense

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Frequently Asked Questions About stop

How is the word stop distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of stop are cease, desist, discontinue, and quit. While all these words 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

In what contexts can cease take the place of stop?

While in some cases nearly identical to stop, 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

When can desist be used instead of stop?

In some situations, the words desist and stop are roughly equivalent. However, desist implies forbearance or restraint as a motive for stopping or ceasing.

desisted from further efforts to persuade them

When could discontinue be used to replace stop?

The meanings of discontinue and stop largely overlap; however, discontinue applies to the stopping of an accustomed activity or practice.

we have discontinued the manufacture of that item

When is quit a more appropriate choice than stop?

Although the words quit and stop have much in common, quit may stress either finality or abruptness in stopping or ceasing.

the engine faltered, sputtered, then quit altogether

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

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“Stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stop. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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