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English noun: stop

1. stop (event) the event of something ending

SamplesIt came to a stop at the bottom of the hill.


Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, finish

Narrower (hyponym)cessation, stand, standstill, surcease, tie-up

2. stop (act) the act of stopping something

SamplesThe third baseman made some remarkable stops.
His stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood.


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity

Narrower (hyponym)haemostasia, haemostasis, hemostasia, hemostasis, stand-down, standdown

3. stop (act) a brief stay in the course of a journey

SamplesThey made a stopover to visit their friends.

Synonymslayover, stopover

Broader (hypernym)stay

Narrower (hyponym)night-stop, pit stop, pit stop, stand

4. stop (state) the state of inactivity following an interruption

SamplesThe negotiations were in arrest.
Held them in check.
During the halt he got some lunch.
The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow.
He spent the entire stop in his seat.

Synonymsarrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stoppage

Broader (hypernym)inaction, inactiveness, inactivity

Narrower (hyponym)countercheck, logjam

5. stop (location) a spot where something halts or pauses

SamplesHis next stop is Atlanta.

Broader (hypernym)place, spot, topographic point

Narrower (hyponym)bus stop, checkpoint, loading area, loading zone, stopover, way station

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

SamplesHis stop consonants are too aspirated.

Synonymsocclusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop consonant

Broader (hypernym)obstruent

Narrower (hyponym)click, glottal catch, glottal plosive, glottal stop, labial stop, suction stop

Part holonymexplosion, implosion, plosion

Antonymscontinuant, continuant consonant

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

SamplesIn England they call a period a stop.

Synonymsfull point, full stop, period, point

Broader (hypernym)punctuation, punctuation mark

Narrower (hyponym)suspension point

8. stop (artifact) (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes

SamplesThe organist pulled out all the stops.

Broader (hypernym)knob

Part meronymorgan, pipe organ

Domain categorymusic

9. stop (artifact) a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens

SamplesThe new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically.


Broader (hypernym)mechanical device

Narrower (hyponym)iris, iris diaphragm

Part meronymcamera, photographic camera

10. stop (artifact) a restraint that checks the motion of something

SamplesHe used a book as a stop to hold the door open.


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint

Narrower (hyponym)bench hook, click, detent, dog, doorstop, doorstopper, pawl, trip, tripper

11. stop (artifact) an obstruction in a pipe or tube

SamplesWe had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe.

Synonymsblock, blockage, closure, occlusion, stoppage

Broader (hypernym)impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Narrower (hyponym)breech closer, breechblock, plug, stopper, stopple, vapor lock, vapour lock

English verb: stop

1. stop (motion) come to a halt, stop moving

SamplesThe car stopped.
She stopped in front of a store window.

ExamplesThey stop the animals, These cars won't stop


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)brake, check, check, check, conk, draw up, go off, haul up, pull up, pull up short, rein, rein in, settle, stall, stall

Antonymsget going, start, go

2. stop (stative) put an end to a state or an activity

SamplesQuit teasing your little brother.

ExamplesThey stop moving

Synonymscease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)break, call it a day, call it quits, cheese, close off, drop, knock off, leave off, pull the plug, retire, shut off, sign off, withdraw

Antonymspreserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on

3. stop (social) stop from happening or developing

SamplesBlock his election.
Halt the process.

ExamplesThey stop him from writing the letter

Synonymsblock, halt, kibosh

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)embargo, stay

4. stop (motion) interrupt a trip

SamplesWe stopped at Aunt Mary's house.
They stopped for three days in Florence.

Synonymsstop over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt

Narrower (hyponym)call, lay over, stop over

5. stop (motion) cause to stop

SamplesStop a car.
Stop the thief.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)arrest, brake, bring up, check, cut, draw up, flag down, halt, hold, pull up, rein, rein in, stall, stall

Causehalt, stop

Antonymsstart up, start

6. stop (change) prevent completion

SamplesStop the project.
Break off the negotiations.

Synonymsbreak, break off, discontinue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

Narrower (hyponym)bog, bog down, break up, cut off, disrupt, fracture, interrupt

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

SamplesArrest the downward trend.
Check the growth of communism in South East Asia.
Contain the rebel movement.
Turn back the tide of communism.

Synonymsarrest, check, contain, hold back, turn back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defend

Narrower (hyponym)cut down, cut out

8. stop (contact) seize on its way

SamplesThe fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)catch, grab, take hold of

Narrower (hyponym)cut off, cut out

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

SamplesThe bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed.
Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other.
My property ends by the bushes.
The symphony ends in a pianissimo.

Synonymscease, end, finish, terminate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)adjourn, break, break up, climax, close, come out, conclude, culminate, cut out, disappear, disappear, discontinue, go, go away, go out, lapse, pass away, recess, run low, run out, run short, turn out, vanish, vanish

Antonymsbegin, start

10. stop (contact) render unsuitable for passage

SamplesBlock the way.
Barricade the streets.
Stop the busy road.

Synonymsbar, barricade, block, block off, block up, blockade

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Narrower (hyponym)block off, close, close off, shut off

Verb groupblock, obstruct

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

SamplesHold on a moment!.

Synonymshold on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, interrupt

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