(noun, verb, adverb, interjection)


1. Prone to halting or hesitation.

- He’s stop still.


1. halt! stop!


1. the event of something ending

- it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill

Similar word(s): halt

Definition categories: event, conclusion, ending, finish

2. the act of stopping something

- the third baseman made some remarkable stops

- his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood

Similar word(s): stoppage

Definition categories: act, deed

3. a brief stay in the course of a journey

- they made a stopover to visit their friends

Similar word(s): layover, stopover

Definition categories: act, stay

4. the state of inactivity following an interruption

- he spent the entire stop in his seat

Similar word(s): arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stoppage

Definition categories: state, inaction, inactivity

5. a spot where something halts or pauses

- his next stop is Atlanta

Definition categories: location, place, spot

6. a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it

- his stop consonants are too aspirated

Similar word(s): occlusive, plosive

Definition categories: communication, obstruent

7. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

- in England they call a period a stop

Similar word(s): period, point

Definition categories: communication, punctuation

8. (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

Definition categories: man–made, knob

9. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens

Similar word(s): diaphragm

Definition categories: man–made

10. a restraint that checks the motion of something

- he used a book as a stop to hold the door open

Similar word(s): catch

Definition categories: man–made, constraint, restraint

11. an obstruction in a pipe or tube

Similar word(s): block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stoppage

Definition categories: man–made, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Sentences with stop as a noun:

- They agreed to see each other at the bus stop.

- That stop was not planned.

- Pull out all the stops.

- The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.

- The stop in a bulldog's face is very marked.


1. come to a halt, stop moving

- the car stopped

- She stopped in front of a store window

Similar word(s): halt

Definition categories: motion

2. put an end to a state or an activity

Similar word(s): cease, discontinue, quit

Definition categories: stative

3. stop from happening or developing

Similar word(s): block, halt, kibosh

Definition categories: social, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

4. interrupt a trip

- we stopped at Aunt Mary's house

- they stopped for three days in Florence

Definition categories: motion, disrupt, interrupt

5. cause to stop

- stop a car

- stop the thief

Definition categories: motion

6. prevent completion

- stop the project

Similar word(s): break, discontinue

Definition categories: change, end, terminate

7. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

Similar word(s): arrest, check, contain

Definition categories: competition, defend

8. seize on its way

Similar word(s): intercept

Definition categories: contact, catch, grab

9. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

- Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other

Similar word(s): cease, end, finish, terminate

Definition categories: stative

10. render unsuitable for passage

- stop the busy road

Similar word(s): bar, barricade, block, blockade

Definition categories: contact, block, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

11. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

Definition categories: change, break, interrupt

Sentences with stop as a verb:

- I stopped at the traffic lights.

- The riots stopped when police moved in.

- Soon the rain will stop.

- The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.

- This guy is a fraudster. I need to stop the cheque I wrote him.

- The referees stopped the fight.

- He stopped the wound with gauze.

- To achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.

- to stop with a friend

- He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.