I UK [stɒp] / US [stɑp] verb
Word forms "stop":
present tense I/you/we/they stop he/she/it stops present participle stopping past tense stopped past participle stopped
Get it right: stop:
When you want to say that someone is no longer doing what they were doing before, use the pattern stop doing something, not "stop to do something":
Wrong: People have practically stopped to write letters to each other.
Right: People have practically stopped writing letters to each other.   Compare: The pattern stop to do something means that someone stops what they are doing in order to do something else. It tells you the reason why someone has stopped. He stopped to light a cigarette. (= he stopped talking, walking, working etc, in order to light a cigarette) He has stopped smoking. (=he used to smoke, but he doesn't smoke now)
a) [transitive] to prevent someone from doing something, or to prevent something from happening

Policies like this aren't going to stop crime.

stop someone (from) doing something:

A broken leg won't stop me from going to the concert.

there's nothing to stop you:

There's nothing to stop you from asking him. He might agree.

b) to prevent a payment from being made

Did you stop the cheque?

a) [intransitive/transitive] to no longer do something

We stopped work and went for a drink.

stop doing something:

I want to stop smoking.

Suddenly everyone stopped talking.

b) [intransitive] if something stops, it does not continue

When the rain stops, I'm going out.

3) [intransitive] to no longer move

The car stopped at the traffic lights.

Lots of people stopped and stared at the accident.

a) [transitive] to ask someone to stop walking or driving so that you can talk to them

I stopped a woman and asked her for directions.

He was stopped for speeding.

b) [intransitive] if a bus or train stops somewhere, it stops moving in order to let passengers on or off
stop at:

Does the train stop at Nice?

c) [intransitive] to pause while you are moving or doing something so that you can do something else

He stopped and listened before opening the door.

Did you ever stop to think what might happen?

stop to do something:

I stopped to get a drink of water.

stop for:

I stopped at the shop for some cheese.

4) [intransitive/transitive] to no longer work, or to cause something to no longer work

My watch has stopped.

Can you stop the engine?

5) [intransitive/transitive] British spoken to stay at someone's house for a short time

Have you got time to stop for a cup of coffee?

stop the night:

I stopped the night with Tom.

6) stop or stop up
[transitive] to block something such as a pipe or hole so that water or another substance cannot go through it

stop dead/short — to stop moving very unexpectedly

stop it/thatspoken used for telling someone not to do something that they are doing

Stop it! You'll hurt him!

stop short of (doing) something — to not do something, although you almost do it

I stopped short of telling him what I really thought.

stop (you) in your tracks — to stop moving in a sudden way, or to make you stop moving

The look on her face stopped me in my tracks.

what's stopping you (from doing something)?informal used for asking why someone does not do something

"I can't just go to Australia." "What's stopping you?"

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [stɒp] / US [stɑp] noun [countable]
Word forms "stop":
singular stop plural stops
1) a place where you stop on a journey

The president's first stop on his tour will be Honolulu.

If you require an overnight stop near the airport, this is an ideal hotel.

a) a period when you stop on a journey

After a brief stop for coffee, we were on our way.

b) a place where a bus or train stops for passengers to get on or off

I'm getting off at the next stop.

2) one of the parts on an organ that you push or pull in order to control the level of sound

come/jerk/skid etc to a stop — to stop moving

The truck skidded to a stop to avoid hitting a dog.

pull I, put

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