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Antonyms for stop
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stop

    To abide is to remain continuously without limit of time unless expressed by the context: "to-day I must abide at thy house," Luke xix, 5; "a settled place for thee to abide in forever," 1 Kings viii, 13; "Abide with me! fast falls the eventide," Lyte Hymn. Lodge, sojourn, stay, tarry, and wait always imply a limited time; lodge, to pass the night; sojourn, to remain temporarily; live, dwell, reside, to have a permanent home. Stop, in the sense of stay or sojourn, is colloquial, and not in approved use. Compare ENDURE; REST.

    Antonyms:
    abandon, avoid, depart, forfeit, forfend, journey, migrate, move, proceed, reject, resist, shun

    Synonyms:
    abide, anticipate, await, bear, bide, confront, continue, dwell, endure, expect, inhabit, live, lodge, remain, reside, rest, sojourn, stay, tarry, tolerate, wait, watch

    Preposition:
    Abide in a place, for a time, with a person, by a statement.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stopverb

    Antonyms:
    open, expedite, clear, broach, unseal, promote, advance, farther, continue, proceed, speed, hasten

    Synonyms:
    close, obstruct, plug, cork, bar, seal, arrest, suspend, end, rest, halt, hinder, suppress, delay, cease, terminate

  2. stopnoun

    Synonyms:
    pause, cessation, intermission, rest, quietus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stop, haltnoun

    the event of something ending

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

    Antonyms:
    start, get going, go, start up

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, stop consonant, plosive speech sound, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, freeze, blockage, plosive consonant, occlusion, block, halt, layover, occlusive, arrest, point, closure

  2. stop, stoppagenoun

    the act of stopping something

    "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"

    Antonyms:
    start, go, get going, start up

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, stop consonant, plosive speech sound, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, blockage, plosive consonant, occlusion, block, halt, layover, occlusive, arrest, point, closure

  3. stop, stopover, layovernoun

    a brief stay in the course of a journey

    "they made a stopover to visit their friends"

    Antonyms:
    start, go, get going, start up

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, way station, stop consonant, plosive speech sound, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, blockage, plosive consonant, occlusion, block, halt, layover, occlusive, arrest, point, closure

  4. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppagenoun

    the state of inactivity following an interruption

    "the 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"

    Antonyms:
    get going, start up, start, go

    Synonyms:
    hitch, verification, enlistment, limp, full stop, stoppage, apprehension, hindrance, halt, impediment, chip, tab, interference, handicap, arrest, tick, check-out procedure, occlusion, confirmation, point, freeze, check mark, pinch, cheque, block, tour of duty, stop consonant, baulk, term of enlistment, diaphragm, checkout, taking into custody, duty tour, hinderance, hobble, blockage, curb, chit, layover, rub, occlusive, plosive, collar, plosive speech sound, period, substantiation, stay, hang-up, tour, deterrent, encumbrance, catch, balk, stopover, plosive consonant, preventive, incumbrance, bank check, full point, preventative, snag, assay, bridle, closure, check

  5. stopnoun

    a spot where something halts or pauses

    "his next stop is Atlanta"

    Antonyms:
    start, start up, go, get going

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, stop consonant, plosive speech sound, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, blockage, plosive consonant, occlusion, block, halt, layover, occlusive, arrest, point, closure

  6. stop consonant, stop, occlusive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, plosivenoun

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

    "his stop consonants are too aspirated"

    Antonyms:
    start up, go, start, get going

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, stop consonant, plosive speech sound, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, blockage, plosive consonant, occlusion, block, halt, layover, occlusive, arrest, point, closure

  7. period, point, full stop, stop, full pointnoun

    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"

    Antonyms:
    start, go, start up, get going

    Synonyms:
    hitch, occlusion, plosive, spot, menses, halt, catamenia, dot, period of time, head, full stop, gunpoint, peak, flow, plosive speech sound, diaphragm, point, point in time, blockage, percentage point, breaker point, catch, full point, stop consonant, block, menstruation, time period, stopover, layover, level, occlusive, stage, degree, pointedness, stoppage, arrest, period, power point, stay, detail, decimal point, distributor point, item, plosive consonant, geological period, compass point, menstruum, tip, closure, check

  8. stopnoun

    (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"

    Antonyms:
    start, start up, get going, go

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, stop consonant, plosive speech sound, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, blockage, plosive consonant, occlusion, block, halt, layover, occlusive, arrest, point, closure

  9. diaphragm, stopnoun

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

    "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"

    Antonyms:
    start up, go, start, get going

    Synonyms:
    plosive, period, stay, diaphragm, stop consonant, layover, pessary, midriff, hitch, stopover, full point, stoppage, full stop, catch, check, blockage, plosive speech sound, occlusion, block, point, halt, occlusive, arrest, plosive consonant, closure, contraceptive diaphragm

  10. catch, stopnoun

    a restraint that checks the motion of something

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

    Antonyms:
    start up, start, go, get going

    Synonyms:
    hitch, stoppage, apprehension, plosive speech sound, plosive, diaphragm, full stop, snap, arrest, snatch, occlusion, point, stop consonant, taking into custody, full point, block, blockage, stopover, layover, occlusive, collar, period, pinch, stay, match, halt, catch, plosive consonant, gimmick, grab, haul, closure, check

  11. blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppageverb

    an obstruction in a pipe or tube

    "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

    Antonyms:
    start, go, start up, get going

    Synonyms:
    hitch, cube, blocking, full stop, stoppage, layover, cloture, law of closure, halt, plosive, gag law, diaphragm, pulley-block, pulley, arrest, closing, point, closedown, plosive speech sound, occlusion, cylinder block, check, occluded front, obstruction, mental block, engine block, full point, block, blockage, stop consonant, stopover, shutdown, occlusive, city block, auction block, resolution, period, stay, pulley block, catch, plosive consonant, gag rule, closure, settlement

  12. stop, haltverb

    come to a halt, stop moving

    "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window"

    Antonyms:
    start, get going, go, start up

    Synonyms:
    staunch, block, kibosh, quit, blockade, arrest, block off, end, stop over, hold back, finish, lay off, terminate, hold, barricade, check, break, give up, stanch, bar, halt, cease, block up, discontinue, hold on, intercept, turn back, break off, stem, contain

  13. discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay offverb

    put an end to a state or an activity

    "Quit teasing your little brother"

    Antonyms:
    start up, start, go, get going

    Synonyms:
    spare, leave office, allow, block up, abandon, drop by the wayside, forfeit, vacate, halt, release, resign, forgo, block off, hold back, end, kick, throw in, finish, block, surrender, part with, fall by the wayside, lay off, cede, turn back, waive, throw overboard, stop over, break off, break, throw in the towel, step down, give up, depart, relinquish, blockade, hold on, deliver, arrest, bar, cease, barricade, renounce, take leave, discontinue, contain, drop out, free, chuck up the sponge, kibosh, intercept, terminate, furlough, forego, dispense with, quit, foreswear, check

  14. stop, halt, block, kiboshverb

    stop from happening or developing

    "Block his election"; "Halt the process"

    Antonyms:
    start, start up, get going, go

    Synonyms:
    staunch, close up, block up, lug, halt, draw a blank, immobilise, obturate, jam, arrest, block off, intercept, end, blank out, stanch, finish, obstruct, block, deflect, impede, embarrass, hold back, lay off, turn back, stop over, break off, break, stymie, give up, forget, immobilize, stuff, occlude, stymy, freeze, blockade, hold on, bar, cease, barricade, hinder, stem, discontinue, contain, parry, kibosh, choke up, terminate, hold, quit, check

  15. stop, stop oververb

    interrupt a trip

    "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence"

    Antonyms:
    start, start up, get going, go

    Synonyms:
    block, kibosh, quit, blockade, arrest, block off, end, stop over, hold back, finish, lay over, lay off, terminate, barricade, check, break, give up, bar, halt, cease, block up, discontinue, hold on, intercept, turn back, break off, contain

  16. stopverb

    cause to stop

    "stop a car"; "stop the thief"

    Antonyms:
    get going, start up, start, go

    Synonyms:
    block, kibosh, quit, blockade, arrest, block off, end, stop over, hold back, finish, lay off, terminate, barricade, check, break, give up, bar, halt, cease, block up, discontinue, hold on, intercept, turn back, break off, contain

  17. break, break off, discontinue, stopverb

    prevent completion

    "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"

    Antonyms:
    get going, go, start, start up

    Synonyms:
    crack, break away, give way, arrest, soften, reveal, cut off, develop, give up, unwrap, conk out, block up, hold on, collapse, die, transgress, founder, weaken, barricade, kibosh, bar, discover, chip, terminate, snap off, go, demote, break out, separate, split, give away, damp, smash, finish, interrupt, break short, offend, get out, fracture, relegate, chip off, bring out, violate, divulge, pause, cut short, let on, get around, cease, blockade, wear out, cave in, break-dance, break up, check, hold back, lay off, give out, break in, quit, give, split up, block, better, burst, go bad, breach, break off, disclose, bust, erupt, intercept, recrudesce, break dance, go against, dampen, break down, fall in, bump, let out, ruin, fall apart, contain, kick downstairs, knap, part, infract, turn back, fail, come apart, bankrupt, block off, come off, expose, break, stop over, discontinue, end, intermit, halt, wear

  18. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold backverb

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

    "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

    Antonyms:
    get going, start, go, start up

    Synonyms:
    ensure, hold on, hold in, bar, collar, jibe, incorporate, tick off, control, carry, fit, gibe, run off, hold, moderate, cop, learn, checker, barricade, check out, mark off, retain, pick up, condition, double back, assure, finish, tally, comprise, reverse, return, suss out, kibosh, check off, check over, stop over, match, check up on, cease, look into, ascertain, mark, insure, regress, forbear, go over, check, train, arrest, hold back, lay off, retrovert, quit, chase away, hold off, take, conceal, halt, block, catch, find out, see, discipline, terminate, wait, drive off, get, give up, nail, backtrack, intercept, revert, correspond, curb, restrain, keep, drive away, keep back, check into, blockade, contain, invert, bear, determine, nab, dispel, retard, crack, turn back, watch, block off, break off, see to it, break, discontinue, end, block up, tick, chequer, drive out, apprehend, agree, delay

  19. intercept, stopverb

    seize on its way

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

    Antonyms:
    go, start, start up, get going

    Synonyms:
    intercept, block, kibosh, quit, blockade, arrest, block off, contain, end, stop over, wiretap, hold back, lay off, tap, terminate, barricade, finish, check, break, bug, give up, bar, halt, cease, block up, discontinue, hold on, break off, turn back

  20. end, stop, finish, terminate, ceaseverb

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

    "the 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"

    Antonyms:
    go, start, start up, get going

    Synonyms:
    eat up, block up, complete, sack, halt, can, arrest, give up, finish up, block off, hold back, end, give the axe, finish, block, displace, polish off, lay off, turn back, stop over, break off, break, fetch up, fire, land up, blockade, hold on, wind up, bar, cease, barricade, discontinue, contain, end up, force out, give notice, kibosh, give the sack, intercept, dismiss, terminate, send away, quit, check

  21. barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barverb

    render unsuitable for passage

    "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"

    Antonyms:
    get going, start up, go, start

    Synonyms:
    debar, block up, banish, lug, cease, immobilize, seal off, relegate, obturate, hold on, give up, jam, arrest, block off, close up, end, blank out, freeze, finish, obstruct, terminate, deflect, parry, embarrass, hold back, kibosh, lay off, draw a blank, stop over, hinder, break, impede, block, shut off, forget, exclude, stuff, stymy, break off, turn back, blockade, immobilise, bar, occlude, barricade, discontinue, halt, contain, close off, barricado, choke up, intercept, stymie, quit, check

  22. hold on, stopverb

    stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

    "Hold on a moment!"

    Antonyms:
    start, start up, get going, go

    Synonyms:
    block up, stop over, halt, hang on, hang in, give up, arrest, block off, hold back, end, finish, keep, lay off, turn back, grasp, hold the line, break off, break, block, blockade, hold on, bar, cease, barricade, persist, discontinue, contain, persevere, kibosh, intercept, terminate, quit, check

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. STOP

    Synonyms:
    Sonotherapy for the Treatment of Peripheral vascular disease;PharmaSonics, Inc

Editors Contribution

  1. persisted

    to leave completely and finally

    Submitted by anonymous on October 7, 2019  
  2. pour

    Submitted by anonymous on March 1, 2020  

How to use stop in a sentence?

  1. Sarah Lamarr:

    If you have a bus stop near you I would really encourage anyone to do the same because it's just a really lovely thing to have in your community, if you are stuck in a first floor, second floor flat with no garden with kids, it's just a great thing to watch out the window.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    When you walk, try to think nothing! You can then obtain the silence of a streetlight or a bridge; stop thinking; after that, you become all you see!

  3. Gordon Lawson:

    You don’t have to stop after one orgasm, you can go to position number two, position number three—it’s perpetual. As long as your partner wants to go, you have that capability.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Loneliness is a utopia of serenity, a deep connection with eternity and infinity and reality. 2. Reincarnation and the wheel of samsara is a protracted karmic joke, all these jokes end when you understand the meaning of the joke (the meaning of life) and you stop being reborn. 3. You are undead in reincarnation, whose consciousness is being cloned. 4. In karma, the stubborn one knows infinity, and the righteous one knows eternity. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Tan Kefei:

    Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, the Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair and allows no external interference. We call on the U.S. to recognize the situation, stop provocation and abide by the One China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques.

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