- stop1 [ stap ] verb ***▸ 1 prevent something▸ 2 no longer do something▸ 3 no longer move▸ 4 (make) work no longer▸ 5 stay at someone's house▸ 6 block pipe/hole etc.▸ 1 no longer do something▸ + PHRASES1. ) transitive to prevent someone from doing something or 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.there's nothing to stop you: There's nothing to stop you from asking him. He might agree.a ) to prevent a payment from being made:When they saw his work, they stopped payment on their check.2. ) intransitive or transitive to no longer do something:We stopped work when we heard the alarm.stop doing something: I want to stop smoking.Suddenly everyone stopped talking.a ) intransitive if something stops, it does not continue:When the rain stops, I'm going out.b ) stop it/that SPOKEN used for telling someone not to do something that they are doing:Stop it! You'll hurt him!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 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 terminal three?c ) intransitive to pause while you are moving or doing something so 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 store for some cheese.d ) stop dead/short to stop moving very unexpectedly4. ) intransitive or transitive to no longer work, or cause something to no longer work:My watch has stopped.Can you stop the engine?5. ) intransitive or transitive BRITISH SPOKEN to stay at someone's house for a short time6. ) stop or stop up transitive to block something such as a pipe or hole so that water or another substance cannot go through itstop at nothingto do anything to get what you want, even if it is very bad:They will stop at nothing to get him elected.stop something in its tracksto prevent something from continuing:Protests have stopped construction in its tracks.stop the pressto stop a newspaper from printing because you have important news to addstop shortto suddenly stop what you are doing or saying:I started to explain but stopped short when I realized Adam was in the room.stop short of (doing) somethingto not do something, although you almost do it:I stopped short of telling him what I really thought.stop (you) in your tracksto stop moving in a sudden way, or make you stop movingthere's no stopping someoneused for saying that it is impossible to prevent someone from doing something:There'll be no stopping him once he starts talking.what's stopping you (from doing something)? INFORMALused for asking why someone does not do something:I can't just join the Peace Corps. What's stopping you?,stop `back phrasal verb intransitive AMERICANto return somewhere later:Please stop back later, and I'll have this ready.,stop `by phrasal verb intransitive or transitivesame as STOP OFF:Please stop by my office.,stop `in phrasal verb intransitive INFORMALsame as STOP OFF:Stop in for a drink if you have time.,stop `off phrasal verb intransitiveto visit somewhere before continuing to another place:We stopped off in town on the way to Jenni's house.Could you stop off at the supermarket and get some bread?,stop `over phrasal verb intransitivesame as STOP OFF:I'd like to stop over in Carville and visit their historical museum.`stop up phrasal verb1. ) intransitive if a sink or BATHTUB stops up, water will not empty out because the pipes are full of something that should not be there2. ) transitive same as STOP1 6:We need to stop up that hole.stopstop 2 [ stap ] noun count **1. ) a place where you stop on a trip:The President's first stop on his tour will be Honolulu.If you need an overnight stop near Santa Fe, this is an ideal place.make a stop: The bus will make an additional stop in Fargo.a ) a period when you stop on a trip: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 sound3. ) LINGUISTICS a consonant sound produced by stopping and then starting the flow of air through your mouth: PLOSIVEcome to a stopto stop:Suddenly the music came to a stop.come/jerk/skid etc. to a stopto stop moving:The truck skidded to a stop to avoid hitting a dog.put a stop to somethingto prevent or end something:We must put a stop to unsafe labor practices.Losing his job put a stop to his plans to buy a new car.=> PULL1
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.