Stop - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɑːp|  American pronunciation of the word stop
Brit.  |stɒp|  British pronunciation of the word stop


- the event of something ending (syn: halt)
it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill
- the act of stopping something (syn: stoppage)
the third baseman made some remarkable stops
his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood
- a brief stay in the course of a journey (syn: layover, stopover)
they made a stopover to visit their friends
- the state of inactivity following an interruption (syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stoppage)
he spent the entire stop in his seat
- a spot where something halts or pauses
his next stop is Atlanta
- a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it (syn: occlusive, plosive)
his stop consonants are too aspirated
- a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations (syn: period, point)
in England they call a period a stop
- (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes
the organist pulled out all the stops
- a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens (syn: diaphragm)
- a restraint that checks the motion of something (syn: catch)
he used a book as a stop to hold the door open
- an obstruction in a pipe or tube (syn: block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stoppage)


- come to a halt, stop moving (syn: halt)
the car stopped
She stopped in front of a store window
- put an end to a state or an activity (syn: cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit)
- stop from happening or developing (syn: block, halt, kibosh)
- interrupt a trip (syn: stop over)
we stopped at Aunt Mary's house
they stopped for three days in Florence
- cause to stop
stop a car
stop the thief
- prevent completion (syn: break, break off, discontinue)
stop the project
- hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of (syn: arrest, check, contain, hold back, turn back)
- seize on its way (syn: intercept)
- have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical (syn: cease, end, finish, terminate)
Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other
- render unsuitable for passage (syn: bar, barricade, block, blockade)
stop the busy road
- stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments (syn: hold on)

Extra examples

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.

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.

Phrasal verbs

stop over  — interrupt a journey temporarily, e.g., overnight
stop up  — fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stop
he/she/it: stops
present participle: stopping
past tense: stopped
past participle: stopped
singular: stop
plural: stops
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