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Meaning & Definition of Stay in English

English

Stay

/ste/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • stay

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

    synonym:
  • stay

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

    synonym:
  • stay

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • 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!"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • stay
  • ,
  • stay on
  • ,
  • continue
  • ,
  • remain

5. Remain behind

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

6. Stop or halt

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

7. Stay behind

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

8. Hang on during a trial of endurance

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

9. Stop a judicial process

  • "The judge stayed the execution order"
    synonym:
  • stay

10. Fasten with stays

    synonym:
  • stay

11. Overcome or allay

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

Examples of using

You can stay in a room.
Do you need a place to stay?
If you want to answer the phone, stay home.