Meaning of STILL in English


I. still 1 S1 W1 /stɪl/ BrE AmE adverb

1 . up to a particular point in time and continuing at that moment:

I still haven’t finished painting the spare room.

Do you still have Julie’s phone number?


Still usually comes before the verb, unless the verb is a simple tense of ‘be’, or after the first auxiliary:

The system still works.

It was still dark outside.

I can still remember them.

Still usually comes before any negative word or before 'do not':

She still isn’t ready.

They still can’t decide.

I’m still not tired.

We still do not know exactly what happened.

► Do not say 'still now':

Inflation is still (NOT still now) a problem.

2 . in spite of what has just been said or done:

Clare didn’t do much work, but she still passed the exam.

[sentence adverb]

The hotel was terrible. Still, we were lucky with the weather.

3 . still more/further/another/other used to emphasize that something increases more, there is more of something etc:

Kevin grew still more depressed.

4 . better/harder/worse etc still ( also still better/harder/worse etc ) even better, harder etc than something else:

Dan found biology difficult, and physics harder still.

II. still 2 S3 BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: stille ]

1 . not moving:

We stood still and watched as the deer came closer.

Keep still while I tie your shoe.

the still waters of the lake

2 . quiet and calm:

The house was completely still.

3 . not windy:

a hot still day

4 . British English a still drink does not contain gas:

still or sparkling mineral water

5 . still waters run deep used to say that someone who is quiet may have very strong feelings or a lot of knowledge

—stillness noun [uncountable] :

Somewhere in the stillness of the night, an owl hooted.

III. still 3 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Sense 1,3: Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ still 2 ]

[ Sense 2: Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: distill ]

1 . a photograph of a scene from a film

2 . a piece of equipment for making alcoholic drinks from grain or potatoes

3 . the still of the night/evening etc literary the calm and quiet of the night etc

IV. still 4 BrE AmE verb literary

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to stop moving, or make something stop moving:

The ground beneath them trembled, then stilled.

2 . [intransitive and transitive] if a noise stills or is stilled, it stops:

The murmurs stilled.

He stilled their protests with a wave of his hands.

3 . [transitive] if a doubt or fear is stilled, it becomes weaker or goes away

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■ not moving

▪ still not moving – use this especially about people who are not moving, or about places where there is no wind:

There was no wind and the trees were completely still.


Keep still while I tie your shoes.

▪ stationary not moving – use this about cars, trains, or objects:

The truck swerved and hit a stationary vehicle.

▪ immobile not moving or not able to move, especially because of fear or tiredness:

As the disease progressed, she became increasingly immobile.

▪ motionless completely still – used especially in literature:

Kemp sat motionless as the verdict was read.

▪ calm not moving because there is no wind – use this about air and water:

The lake was calm.

▪ be at a standstill if traffic is at a standstill it is not moving:

Traffic was at a standstill on the motorway.

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