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v. stopped, stop·ping, stops
1. To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up: The tea leaves stopped the drain.
2. To constrict (an opening or orifice): My nose is stopped up.
3. To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example).
4. To prevent the flow or passage of: stop supplies from getting through.
a. To halt the motion or progress of: stopped me and asked directions.
b. To block or deflect (a blow, for example); parry or ward off.
c. To be or get in the way of (a bullet or other missile); be killed or wounded by.
a. To cause to desist or to change a course of action: stopped us from continuing the argument.
b. To prevent or restrain: stopped him from going.
7. To discontinue or cease: He stopped his complaining.
a. To defeat (an opponent or opposing team).
b. To defeat in boxing by a knockout or technical knockout.
9. To order a bank to withhold payment of: stopped the check.
a. To press down (a string on a stringed instrument) on the fingerboard to produce a desired pitch.
b. To close (a hole on a wind instrument) with the finger in sounding a desired pitch.