I know that stop can be a synonym for wait,btw. I know telling someone to wait means for someone to pause until a certain time. But telling someone to stop just means the person has to pause without a defined amount of time to resume (I hope this makes me sound smart haha). Here are some examples:

"Wait! I want to tell you more."

Would it be the same saying-

"Stop! I want to tell you more. "

I want to note, that I am a native speaker. I'm just a curious person and a thinker. :-)

  • What contexts do you expect before and after 'wait!'? What contexts for 'stop!'? Are they similar? Are they identical?
    – Mitch
    Jan 25 '16 at 23:19
  • @Mitch oh! I didn't think about that. I'll fixed it in a few minutes Jan 25 '16 at 23:23
  • I'm actually not very sure what context to put so I'm going to say...same context. Jan 25 '16 at 23:32
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    Clearly they are not direct synonyms. The verb stop issued as an imperative demands that something that is happening be stopped. However wait does not necessarily imply that anything is happening, but just demands that an interval of time be allowed to elapse before something happens. Obviously one can think of circumstances where the two words could become synonymous, but there are plenty more where they cannot.
    – WS2
    Jan 25 '16 at 23:41
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    It's entirely dependent on context and emphasis.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 26 '16 at 2:41

"Wait" implies an intention of allowing or encouraging a later resumption of the activity being (temporarily) halted. "Stop" includes no such implication. "Stop" can be permanent or not.

I would not consider them to be synonyms, and they are not "basically the same".

  • ok I get it. I hope I'm not going to get told off too badly. @Tim D Jan 26 '16 at 1:46

In contemporary speech, Wait is sometimes used in a dialogue as a signal that the speaker wants to comment on what the other person just said. It can be thought of as a truncated version of wait a moment. The form Wait, what!? is also used to indicate surprise or incredulity.

On the other hand, Stop on its own is a conversation halter unless it is coupled with an invitation to continue, e.g. Stop, back up. What did you mean ... .

In practice, other than the case of Stop as a conversation halter, there is little difference in usage between the two except that Stop can be considered a more forceful version of Wait.

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