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stop

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stop

  1. 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 Synonyms of stop layover, stopover Words Related to stop break, pause, rest

  2. 2 a regular stopping place had lunch on a picnic table at a shady rest stop along the highway Synonyms of stop station, way stationWords Related to stop depot, terminal; layover, stopover; outstation

  3. 3 something that makes movement or progress difficult pulled out all the stops and presented the most spectacular show ever Synonyms of stop balk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, shackles, encumbrance, stumbling block, trammelWords Related to stop catch, hitch, rub, snag; barrier, blockade, blockage, brick wall, stone wall; arrest, bit, brake, check, constraint, curb, hobble, rein, restraint; embargo, stoppage; delay, holdup, stall; burden, cumber, load; danger, hazard, peril, reef; adversity, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hardshipNear Antonyms of stop catalyst, goad, impetus, incentive, spur, stimulant, stimulus; advantage, break, edge; aid, assistance, benefit, boost, handmaiden (also handmaid), help

  4. 4 the stopping of a process or activity put a stop to this nonsense Synonyms of stop arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, end, stoppage, surcease, terminationWords Related to stop mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms of stop extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms of stop continuance, continuation


stop

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of stop

  1. 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 Synonyms of stop break, break off, break up, can [slang], cease, cut off, cut out, desist (from), discontinue, drop, end, give over, halt, knock off, lay off, leave off, pack (up or in), quit, shut off Words Related to stop complete, conclude, finish; close (down); deactivate; block, blockade, dam, delay, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, kibosh, obstruct, stem; call, suspend; arrest, brake, check, clamp down, rein (in), squash, squelch, stamp, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn back; pause, stay, suspend; abolish, abort, annul, demolish, destroy, dissolve, kill, ruin, scuttle, snuff Phrases have done with, put the kibosh on Near Antonyms of stop carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep up, run on; advance, proceed, progress; actuate, drive, impel, propel, stir

  2. 2 to bring (something) to a standstill traffic was stopped for over an hour by the overturned truck Synonyms of stop arrest, bring up, catch, check, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, haltWords Related to stop baffle, balk, block, blockade, bottleneck, clog, dam, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, obstruct, snag, stem; conclude, cut off, end, terminate; call, discontinue, suspend; choke off, rein (in), repress, squash, squelch, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn backNear Antonyms of stop carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep (on), keep up, persist, run on; advance, fare, go along, march, move, proceed, progress, wend; actuate, budge, drive, goad, impel, propel, push, spur, stir

  3. 3 to close up so that no empty spaces remain I stopped the mouse hole with plaster Synonyms of stop block, bung, dam, pack, plug, fill, stuffWords Related to stop choke, clog, close (off), clot, congest, jam, obstruct, occlude; caulk, chink, seal; repack, restuffNear Antonyms of stop excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out), shovel

  4. 4 to come to an end the music stopped but we kept on dancing Synonyms of stop break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, discontinue, elapse, end, expire, finish, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, cease, terminate, wind up, wink (out)Words Related to stop desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms of stop draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms of stop continue, hang on, persist

  5. 5 to achieve a victory over they were eventually stopped by the best team in the league Synonyms of stop best, conquer, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, beat, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstWords Related to stop sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms of stop fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of stop lose (to)

Synonym Discussion of stop

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


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