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American English: /stɑp/
British English: /stɒp/

Translation of stop in Spanish:


  • 1 (halt)to work without a stop
    trabajar sin parar
    trabajar sin hacer una pausa or un alto
    work progressed in stops and starts
    el trabajo avanzaba a trompicones or a tropezones
    work was at a stop for months
    el trabajo estuvo interrumpido or paralizado durante meses
    to bring something to a stop
    detener or parar algo
    poner fin a or interrumpir algo
    the accident brought the traffic to a complete stop
    el accidente paralizó el tráfico
    to come to a stop (vehicle/aircraft)
    to put a stop to something
    poner fin a algo
    acabar con algo
    to put a stop on a check
    dar orden de no pagar un cheque
    Example sentences
    • It was almost a disappointment when we came to a stop at the edge of clearing where a herd of deer were grazing.
    • After completing a number of revolutions, the carousel began to slow and came to a stop.
    • The game we'd been playing with the boys came to a stop, and I rolled my eyes.
  • 2 2.1 (break on journey) we made a stop at a service station to have coffee
    paramos en una estación de servicio para tomar un café
    after an overnight stop in Madrid
    después de hacer noche or de pasar la noche en Madrid
    Example sentences
    • As the self-confessed ‘biggest slob in the world’ he enjoys sailing holidays filled with impromptu tea breaks and pub stops.
    • When traveling long distances, plan the trip to include rest stops and breaks.
    • Also, make stops for bathroom breaks, leg-stretching, sightseeing and drink refills.
    2.2 (of bus)
    parada (feminine)
    paradero (masculine) (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata)
    (of train, underground) estación (feminine)
    you have to get out/off at the next stop
    se tiene que bajar en la próxima (parada)
    Example sentences
    • The bus goes off on its merry way and picks up a zillion passengers at the next stop.
    • Buses could also pick up passengers without pulling into stops.
    • Designated stops will be constructed, with special ramps to allow easy access by passengers onto the taxis and buses.
  • 4 (Music) (on organ) to pull out all the stops
    tocar todos los registros
    hacer uso de todos los recursos posibles
    Example sentences
    • Specific ranks of pipes may be brought into and out of play by means of stops.
    • These organs were played only with sliding stops, not a keyboard like a modern organ.
    • It also has a cathedral housing the biggest organ in the world: 17,388 pipes and 231 stops.
  • 5 5.1 (stopping device)
    (on typewriter) marginador (masculine)
    5.2 (Photography)
    Example sentences
    • When you go through the finished prints you will be able to see the results of 2 complete stops of exposure difference.
    • Remove the film, stop down 4 stops, and give a flash exposure.
    • Underexposing by one to two stops intensifies the effect.
  • 6stop (consonant) (Linguistics)
    consonante (feminine) oclusiva
    Example sentences
    • Taiwanese has final consonant stops, and Mandarin doesn't.
    • Many varieties of Chinese, including both Mandarin and Cantonese, do not distinguish voiced and voiceless stops and affricates.
    • For example, the aspirated series of stops and affricates are written by adding a horizontal stroke to the letters for the plain series.

transitive verb present participle stopping past tense, past participle stopped

  • 1 1.1 (halt)
    I stopped a passing car to ask for help
    paré (a) un coche que pasaba para pedir auxilio
    we were stopped by the police
    nos paró la policía
    he stopped the ball with his foot
    paró la pelota con el pie
    demonstrators stopped the traffic
    los manifestantes pararon or detuvieron el tráfico
    Example sentences
    • He was stopped, ordered out of the car and a computer check showed the car had been reported stolen.
    • She tried to get upstairs but was stopped and also ordered to get down onto the floor.
    • But there was no mechanical defect which would have caused the car to have been stopped and parked.
    1.2 (from escaping) 1.3 (brake)
    I stopped the car and got out
    paré or detuve el coche y me bajé
    Example sentences
    • Early Friday morning, the captain announced that the engine had stopped and the ship was taking on water.
    • The problem is, what if the engine stops while he is already on the fast lane of a nearby toll road?
    • You would be cruising along and, suddenly without warning, the engine just stopped.
    1.4 (switch off)
  • 2 2.1 (bring to an end, interrupt)
    poner fin a
    acabar con
    stop that noise!
    ¡deja de hacer ruido!
    his statement stopped speculation
    sus declaraciones pusieron fin a la especulación
    the trial was stopped
    se suspendió el juicio
    the company has stopped production of this model
    la compañía ha dejado de producir este modelo
    the aim is to stop the cancer in its early stages
    el objetivo es detener el avance del cáncer en su fase inicial
    rain stopped play
    la lluvia interrumpió el partido
    Example sentences
    • They're going to try to do it and I don't think they are going to be capable of stopping the political process.
    • It's a lot harder to stop a ritual process midway than to avoid the process entirely.
    • And so far, the injections have only stopped the degenerative process, not reversed it.
    2.2 (cease) stop what you're doing and listen to me
    deja lo que estás haciendo y escúchame
    stop it!
    ¡basta ya!
    stop that nonsense!
    ¡déjate de tonterías!
    to stop -ing
    dejar de + infinitive
    do stop arguing!
    ¡dejen de discutir!
    I'm trying to stop smoking
    estoy tratando de dejar de fumar
    I couldn't stop laughing
    no podía parar de reírme
    it hasn't stopped raining all day
    no ha parado de llover en todo el día
    he never stops talking
    habla sin parar
    stop saying that!
    ¡no sigas diciendo eso!
    stop beating about the bush
    déjate de rodeos
    Example sentences
    • One child was so traumatised by the experience she could not stop vomiting and had to be hospitalised.
    • I'm trying to stay calm but every time I see the adverts on the telly, I can't stop smiling or giggling.
    • The others managed not to laugh and my girlfriend poked me to make me stop giggling, but that just made it funnier to me.
  • 3 (prevent) I'm going, and you can't stop me
    me voy y no puedes detenerme or impedírmelo
    who's/what's stopping you?
    ¿quién/qué te lo impide?
    there's no stopping us now
    nadie nos puede parar ahora
    I had to tell him, I couldn't stop myself
    tuve que decírselo, no pude contenerme
    to stop somebody (from) -ing (esp British)
    impedirle a alguien + infinitive
    impedir que alguien + subjunctive
    the bad weather stopped us (from) going out
    el mal tiempo nos impidió salir
    try to stop her (from) coming
    trata de impedir or de evitar que venga
    we had to lock him up to stop him (from) escaping
    lo tuvimos que encerrar para impedir que se escapara
    to stop something -ing
    impedir que algo + subjunctive
    to stop something happening
    impedir que ocurra algo
    we're trying to stop the airport being built here
    estamos tratando de impedir que construyan el aeropuerto aquí
    Example sentences
    • But she is certain that the lack of a bike and the fact the she is not a fan of exercise will not stop her.
    • We didn't let that stop us and we continued to court and we were always together.
    • I love flying both types and will continue until someone stops me, but the fact remains that a mistake in a sailplane is much more likely to kill you than in a hang glider.
  • 4 4.1 (cancel, withhold)
    to stop (payment of) a check
    dar orden de no pagar un cheque
    Example sentences
    • The defendant stopped the cheque, which was accordingly dishonoured by the drawee bank.
    • Don't try and stop the cheque if you want to pay online or over the phone instead.
    • Most banks charge, typically £10, for stopping a cheque.
    4.2 (deduct) (British) the boss stopped £30 out of my wages
    el jefe me descontó or me retuvo 30 libras del sueldo
  • 5 5.1 (block)
    I stopped my ears with my fingers
    me tapé los oídos con los dedos
    Example sentences
    • Take the coconut shell and fill with yolk, stopping the hole with your finger.
    • Engineers have now secured the hole with wooden boards and an emergency plumber managed to stop the water leak and get the heating back on.
    • He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on.
    5.2 (Music)
    ponerle un registro or una sordina a
    (French horn)
    hacerle sordina a (con la mano)
  • 6 6.1 (bring down)
    Example sentences
    • He defended the title another three times, stopping his opponents on each occasion, to put himself in line for the WBA world belt.
    • Jones goes on to make six defenses of the IBF super middleweight title, stopping all six of his opponents.
    • Ouma did go ahead with the fight, stopping Woods in the 11th round.
    6.2 (parry)
    he stopped a bullet
    recibió un balazo
    lo balearon

intransitive verb present participle stopping past tense, past participle stopped

  • 1 1.1 (halt)
    I stopped to ask a policeman the way
    paré para pedirle indicaciones a un policía
    stop, thief!
    ¡al ladrón!
    stop or I'll shoot!
    ¡alto o disparo!
    stop, police!
    ¡alto, policía!
    stop right there
    ¡alto ahí!
    to stop at nothing
    estar dispuesto a hacer cualquier cosa
    no pararse en barras
    1.2 (interrupt journey)
    does this train stop at Reading?
    ¿este tren para en Reading?
    let's stop here and have a rest
    hagamos un alto or paremos aquí para descansar
    they stopped in a small village for the night
    hicieron noche or pasaron la noche en un pueblecito
    1.3 (cease operating)
    has your watch stopped?
    ¿se te ha parado el reloj?
    her breathing has stopped
    ha dejado de respirar
    his heart has stopped
    se le ha parado el corazón
    su corazón ha dejado de latir
  • 2 2.1 (cease, be discontinued) the rain has stopped
    ha dejado or parado de llover
    ya no llueve
    the pain/bleeding has stopped
    ya no le ( or me etc. ) duele/sale sangre
    the noise stopped
    dejó de oírse el ruido
    this squandering must stop
    este derroche tiene que terminar
    production has stopped at the factory
    la fábrica ha suspendido la producción
    production of this model has stopped
    este modelo ya no se fabrica más
    Example sentences
    • Remember, your muscle growth stops when your protein does.
    • If applied to the scalp twice daily, it may produce some hair growth but is expensive and hair growth stops when treatment is stopped.
    • The man slumped down and signalled for an inhaler so a medic was called, but the ordeal did not stop there.
    2.2 (interrupt activity) I think I'll stop for a while
    creo que voy a parar un rato
    she never stops
    no para un minuto
    you've done enough work for today: it's time you stopped I didn't stop to think
    no me detuve a pensar
  • 3 [colloquial] (stay)
    I can't stop
    no me puedo quedar
    won't you stop for supper? (British)
    ¿no te quieres quedar a cenar?

Phrasal verbs

stop by

verb + adverb, verb + preposition + object
why don't you stop by tonight?
¿por qué no (te) pasas por aquí ( or por casa etc. ) esta noche?
I stopped by (at) the store for some milk
pasé por la tienda para comprar leche

stop down

verb + adverb
reducir la apertura del diafragma

stop in

verb + adverb [colloquial]
1 (call in) Bill stopped in for a chat
Bill pasó por aquí para charlar
2 (stay inside)
quedarse adentro
no salir
(stay at home) quedarse en casa
no salir

stop off

verb + adverb
I stopped off at home to change
pasé por casa para cambiarme
we stopped off in San Juan for a few hours
paramos unas horas en San Juan

stop on

verb + adverb
(stay in a place) (British) [colloquial]

stop out

verb + adverb (British)
1 (not come home) [colloquial]
no volver a casa
quedarse por ahí [colloquial]
2 (on strike) [colloquial]

stop over

verb + adverb
1 (break journey)
(overnight) hacer noche
pasar la noche
we plan to stop over in New York for a day or two
pensamos parar or quedarnos en Nueva York un par de días
2 (Aviation)
hacer escala

stop up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (block) (usually passive) 1.2 (fill)
2verb + adverb (Photography)
aumentar la apertura del diafragma
3verb + adverb (British) stay up 2
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