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From stop +‎ -ed. In some senses, the adjective follows from the verb; in others, it may derive directly from the noun stop.


  • (US) IPA(key): /stɑpt/
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  1. simple past tense and past participle of stop


stopped (comparative more stopped, superlative most stopped)

  1. (of a vehicle) Not moving, but not properly parked or berthed; said also of the occupants of such a vehicle.
    We were stopped for more than three hours!
    They passed a stopped car on the side of the road, but realized there was nothing they could do to help.
  2. (more generally) In the state resulting from having stopped.
    A stopped clock is right twice a day.
  3. (of a pipe) Having a stop; being closed at one end.
  4. (of a plant) In a well-pruned state.
  5. (phonetics) Made by complete closure of the organs in the mouth; said of certain consonants such as b, d, p, and t.
    • 1874, Henry Sweet, A History of English Sounds from the Earliest Period
      þ was first voiced and then stopped , becoming d

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