Definition - Verb
1  : to cause to halt <stopped payment>
2  : to subject to a legal stop
: to cease activity or motion

Definition - Noun
: an act or instance of stopping
: a temporary detention that constitutes a limited seizure of a person for the purpose of inquiry or investigation and that must be based on reasonable suspicion
see also terry stop
compare arrest

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