stop

stop vb 1 Stop, cease, quit, discontinue, desist are comparable when they mean to suspend or cause to suspend activity.
Stop applies primarily to action or progress or to what is thought of as moving or progressing; cease applies primarily to states and conditions or to what is thought of as being or as having existence; thus, a train stops but does not cease; the noise it makes both stops and ceases; one stops a car but may cease driving a car; one stops work on a book but ceases one's efforts to perfect its style
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when I have fears that I may cease to be— Keats

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Stop frequently connotes a sudden or definite, cease a gradual suspension of activity
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stop a quarrel

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cease quarreling

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I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together— Browning

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you hear the grating roar . . . begin, and cease, and then again begin— Arnold

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Quit (see also GO) may suggest finality in ceasing an activity, sometimes with an implication of accepting frustration or failure
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he quit coming

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quit smoking

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since he has quit Party work, he has studied a great deal— Mailer

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a few came, straggling and reluctant and not at all constant: most quit after the first day— Pynchon

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Discontinue implies the suspension of some activity, especially one that has become a form of occupation or employment or is a practice or habit
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discontinue a correspondence

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discontinue a subscription to a journal

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she found it necessary to discontinue her studies— Current Biog.

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the English abstracts that were formerly printed in Russian technical periodicals have been discontinuedMartin Gardner

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Desist usually stresses forbearance or restraint as the motive for stopping or ceasing but it may imply the futility of one's efforts
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desist from further questioning

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an order . . . requiring such person ... to cease and desist from the violation of the law so charged— U. S. Code

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Paul desisted, because he had read in the newspaper satirical remarks about initial-carvers, who could find no other road to immortality— D. H. Lawrence

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he had made two attempts to shave but his hand had been so unsteady that he had been obliged to desistJoyce

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Analogous words: *arrest, check, interrupt: intermit, suspend, stay, *defer, postpone: *frustrate, thwart, foil, balk, circumvent
Contrasted words: start, *begin, commence, initiate: *go, depart, leave
2 stay, put up, lodge, sojourn, *reside, live, dwell

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  • stop — stop …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • stop — [ stɔp ] interj. et n. m. • 1792 mar.; mot angl. « arrêt » A ♦ Interj. 1 ♦ Commandement ou cri d arrêt. Il « arrêta la nage en criant : “Stop !” » (Maupassant). Fig. Stop au gaspillage ! ⇒ halte. 2 ♦ Mot employé dans les télégrammes pour séparer… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stop — interj., (2, 3) stopuri s.n. 1. interj. Stai! Opreşte! ♦ (În telegrame, ca termen convenţional pentru a marca sfârşitul unei fraze) Punct! 2. s.n. Oprire bruscă a mingii, a pucului la unele jocuri sportive. 3. s.n. Semafor care reglează… …   Dicționar Român

  • stop — or [stäp] vt. stopped, stopping [ME stoppen < OE stoppian (in comp.) < WGmc stoppōn < VL * stuppare, to stop up, stuff < L stuppa < Gr styppē, tow < IE * stewe , to thicken, contract > Gr styphein, to contract, Sans stuka,… …   English World dictionary

  • Stop — Stop, n. 1. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction. [1913 Webster] It is doubtful . . . whether it contributed anything to the stop of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stop — stop; stop·er; stop·less; stop·pa·ble; stop·page; stop·per·less; stop·per·man; stop·ping; un·stop; back·stop; non·stop; stop·per; stop·ple; stop·less·ness; un·stop·pa·bly; …   English syllables

  • stop by — stop off, stop over, stop in or (N American) stop by To break one s journey, pay a visit to (usu with at) • • • Main Entry: ↑stop * * * ˌstop ˈby [intransitive/transitive] [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • stop in — stop off, stop over, stop in or (N American) stop by To break one s journey, pay a visit to (usu with at) • • • Main Entry: ↑stop * * * ˌstop ˈin [intransitive] [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • stop-go — ˌstop ˈgo adjective stop go policy/​approach etc ECONOMICS a way of controlling the economy by deliberately restricting government spending for a period of time and then increasing it for a time: • The uncertainty of such stop go policies reduced …   Financial and business terms

  • stop — I {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. u, Mc. stoppie {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} substancja metaliczna otrzymywana przeważnie przez stopienie dwóch lub więcej metali (niekiedy z domieszką niemetali), wytwarzana w celu uzyskania lepszych właściwości… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • stop — ► VERB (stopped, stopping) 1) come or bring to an end. 2) prevent from happening or from doing something. 3) cease or cause to cease moving or operating. 4) (of a bus or train) call at a designated place to pick up or set down passengers. 5) Brit …   English terms dictionary

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