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Meaning & Definition of Stay in English





1. Continuing or remaining in a place or state

  • "They had a nice stay in paris"
  • "A lengthy hospital stay"
  • "A four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
  • stay

2. The state of inactivity following an interruption

  • "The negotiations were in arrest"
  • "Held them in check"
  • "During the halt he got some lunch"
  • "The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
  • "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
  • arrest,
  • check,
  • halt,
  • hitch,
  • stay,
  • stop,
  • stoppage

3. A judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted

  • "The supreme court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole court"
  • stay

4. A thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)

  • stay

5. (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar

  • stay


1. Stay the same

  • Remain in a certain state
  • "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"
  • "Rest assured"
  • "Stay alone"
  • "He remained unmoved by her tears"
  • "The bad weather continued for another week"
  • stay,
  • remain,
  • rest

2. Stay put (in a certain place)

  • "We are staying in detroit
  • We are not moving to cincinnati"
  • "Stay put in the corner here!"
  • "Stick around and you will learn something!"
  • stay,
  • stick,
  • stick around,
  • stay put

3. Dwell

  • "You can stay with me while you are in town"
  • "Stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
  • bide,
  • abide,
  • stay

4. Continue in a place, position, or situation

  • "After graduation, she stayed on in cambridge as a student adviser"
  • "Stay with me, please"
  • "Despite student protests, he remained dean for another year"
  • "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"
  • stay,
  • stay on,
  • continue,
  • remain

5. Remain behind

  • "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  • stay

6. Stop or halt

  • "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  • stay,
  • detain,
  • delay

7. Stay behind

  • "The smell stayed in the room"
  • "The hostility remained long after they made up"
  • persist,
  • remain,
  • stay

8. Hang on during a trial of endurance

  • "Ride out the storm"
  • last out,
  • stay,
  • ride out,
  • outride

9. Stop a judicial process

  • "The judge stayed the execution order"
  • stay

10. Fasten with stays

  • stay

11. Overcome or allay

  • "Quell my hunger"
  • quell,
  • stay,
  • appease

Examples of using

I'll stay right here until you get back.
As a last resort, we can stay at my sister's.
I don't feel well and would rather stay at home today.