- 1[intransitive, transitive] (of a vehicle or an engine) to stop suddenly because of a lack of power or speed; to make a vehicle or engine do this The car stalled and refused to start again. I kept stalling. stall something I stalled the car three times during my driving test.
- 2 [intransitive] stall (on/over something) to try to avoid doing something or answering a question so that you have more time They are still stalling on the deal. “What do you mean?” she asked,stalling for time. The Democrats were angered by the Republicans' stalling tactics.
- 3[transitive] stall somebody to make someone wait so that you have more time to do something See if you can stall her while I finish searching her office.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] stall (something) to stop something from happening until a later date; to stop making progress attempts to revive the stalled peace plan Discussions have once again stalled.
NAmE//stɔl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stall
he / she / it stalls
past simple stalled
-ing form stalling