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(verb) 
Definition
to cease from doing (something)
We need to stop wasting so much money.
Synonyms
quit
I'm trying to quit biting my nails.
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refrain
She refrained from making any comment.
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break off
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put an end to
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pack in (British, informal)
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discontinue
Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your doctor.
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leave off
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call it a day (informal)
Faced with such opposition, he had no choice but to call it a day.
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desist
Kindly desist from making so much noise.
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belay (nautical)
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bring or come to a halt or standstill
Opposites
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keep on
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keep going
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(verb) 
Definition
to prevent the continuance or completion of (something)
I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
Synonyms
prevent
We took steps to prevent it happening.
These methods prevent pregnancy.
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cut short
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break
He aims to break the vicious cycle.
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check
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
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arrest
The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
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frustrate
The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
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axe (informal)
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interrupt
We interrupted our holiday to return to London.
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restrain
He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
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hold back
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intercept
Gunmen intercepted them on the way to the airport.
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hinder
Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
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repress
People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares.
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impede
Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
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rein in
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forestall
They had done little to forestall the attack.
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nip (something) in the bud
Opposites
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fast-track
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gee up
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set off
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kick off
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get going
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get under way
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give the go ahead
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set in motion
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(verb) 
Definition
to cease from doing (something)
The music stopped and the lights were turned up.
Synonyms
end
The book ends on a lengthy description of Hawaii.
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conclude
They concluded their annual summit meeting today.
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finish
He was cheered when he finished his speech.
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be over
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cut out (informal)
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terminate
Her next remark abruptly terminated the conversation.
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come to an end
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peter out
The strike seemed to be petering out.
Opposites
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keep on
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keep going
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get under way
(verb) 
Definition
to cease from doing (something)
His heart stopped three times.
Synonyms
cease
A small number of firms have ceased trading.
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shut down
Smaller constructors had been forced to shut down.
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Opposites
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keep on
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keep going
(verb) 
Definition
to cause (something moving) to halt or (of something moving) to come to a halt
The car failed to stop at an army checkpoint.
Synonyms
halt
They halted at a short distance from the house.
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draw up
A police car drew up at the gate.
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pull up
The cab pulled up and the driver jumped out.
Opposites
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keep on
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keep going
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set off
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(verb) 
She doesn't stop to think about what she's saying.
Synonyms
pause
He paused briefly before answering.
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wait
I waited at the corner for the lights to go green.
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hesitate
She hesitated, debating whether to answer the phone.
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take a break
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have a breather (informal)
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stop briefly
(verb) 
Definition
to stay or rest
He insisted we stop at a small restaurant just outside Atlanta.
Synonyms
stay
Hundreds of people defied army orders to stay at home.
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rest
They rested only once that morning.
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put up
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lodge
She lodged with a farming family.
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sojourn (literary)
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break your journey
(noun) 
Definition
the act of stopping or the state of being stopped
He slowed the car almost to a stop.
Synonyms
halt
Air traffic has been brought to a halt.
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standstill
Production is more or less at a standstill.
(noun) 
Definition
a place where something halts or pauses
They waited at a bus stop.
Synonyms
station
She went with him to the station to see him off.
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destination
a popular holiday destination
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depot (US, Canadian)
She was reunited with her family in the bus depot.
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terminus
the London terminus of the Channel Tunnel rail link
(noun) 
The last stop in his lengthy tour was Paris.
Synonyms
stay
An experienced Italian guide is provided during your stay.
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visit
the Pope's visit to Canada
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rest
He took a rest from teaching.
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stopover
The Sunday flights will make a stopover in Paris.
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sojourn (literary)
my first sojourn in Lhasa
(noun) 
Definition
the act or an instance of blocking or obstructing
Synonyms
block
a block to peace
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control
There are to be tighter controls on land speculation.
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check
There is a check on the number of people allowed in the venue.
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bar
one of the fundamental bars to communication
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impediment
There is no legal impediment to the marriage.
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hindrance
Higher rates have been a hindrance to economic recovery.

Phrasal verbs

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Additional synonyms

in the sense of arrest
Definition
to slow or stop the development of
The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
in the sense of bar
Definition
anything that obstructs or prevents
one of the fundamental bars to communication
in the sense of break
Definition
to bring or come to an end
He aims to break the vicious cycle.
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