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1 stop /ˈstɑːp/ verb
stops; stopped; stopping
1 stop
/ˈstɑːp/
verb
stops; stopped; stopping
Learner's definition of STOP
[no object] : to not move, walk, etc., after doing so before
[+ object] : 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
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] : to make (someone or something) no longer do something : to keep (someone or something) from continuing to do something
often + from in U.S. English
[+ object]
: to cause (something) to end : to end (something)
: to cause (a recording) to not play
[no object] : to no longer happen or exist : to end
[no object] : to suddenly not work or function
[no object]
: to not travel during a journey for a short period of time in order to rest, eat, etc. + for
: to go to a place during a journey
: to make a brief social visit
see also stop by, stop in, stop off, stop over (below)
[+ object] : to close, block, or fill (a hole)
usually + up
[+ object]
: to tell your bank not to pay a check
chiefly British : to take (money) from something often + from
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] British, informal : to stay or remain see also stop in, stop out, stop up (below)

stop and smell the roses

see 2rose

stop at nothing

used to say that someone will do anything to achieve a goal or purpose

stop by

[phrasal verb] informal
: to visit someone briefly

stop in

[phrasal verb] informal
: to visit someone briefly
British : to stay at home

stop off

[phrasal verb] informal
: to go or stay somewhere briefly while traveling to another place

stop out

[phrasal verb] British, informal
: to stay out at night

stop over

[phrasal verb] informal
: to go to or stay in a place while traveling to another place

stop up

[phrasal verb] British, informal
: to stay up at night see also 1stop 7 (above)

the buck stops here

see 1buck
2 stop /ˈstɑːp/ noun
plural stops
2 stop
/ˈstɑːp/
noun
plural stops
Learner's definition of STOP
[count]
: an act of stopping or a state of being stopped: such as
: a state in which someone or something is no longer moving usually singular
see also full stop
: a state in which no further activity happens usually singular
sports : a play that stops an opponent from scoring a goal
: a place that you visit or go to for a short period of time during a journey
see also pit stop, rest stop, truck stop, whistle-stop
: a short period of time during which you stop or stay at a place during a journey
: the place where a bus or train regularly stops on a route to let passengers get on and off
US : a place on a road (such as an intersection) where traffic must stop
see also stoplight
: an order that tells a bank not to pay a check usually singular
music
: a set of organ pipes that produce a similar sound
: stop knob
linguistics : a sound (such as the “p” of “apt” or the “g” of “tiger”) that is made by stopping the flow of air completely and then suddenly letting air out see also glottal stop

pull out all the stops

informal
: to do everything possible in order to do or achieve something
see also doorstop, shortstop
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