stay

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: stay

1
vn
continue in a place, position, or situation
continuing or remaining in a place or state
2
v
remain behind
3
vn
stop or halt
the state of inactivity following an interruption
4
v
overcome or allay
5
nv
a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
fasten with stays
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: stay
1

v continue in a place, position, or situation

“After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser”
Stay with me, please”
Synonyms:
continue, remain, stay on
Types:
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abide, bide
dwell
hold over
continue a term of office past the normal period of time
visit
stay with as a guest
outstay, overstay
stay too long
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v stay the same; remain in a certain state

stay alone”
Synonyms:
remain, rest
Antonyms:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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keep out
remain outside
sit tight
maintain the same position; wait it out
stay together, stick together
be loyal to one another, especially in times of trouble
stand
remain inactive or immobile
keep, stay fresh
fail to spoil or rot
be
to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v stay put (in a certain place)

“We are staying in Detroit”
Stay put in the corner here!”
Synonyms:
stay put, stick, stick around
Antonyms:
move
change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
Type of:
stay in place
be stationary

v dwell

“You can stay with me while you are in town”
stay a bit longer--the day is still young”
Synonyms:
abide, bide
Types:
visit
stay with as a guest
outstay, overstay
stay too long
Type of:
continue, remain, stay on
continue in a place, position, or situation

v hang on during a trial of endurance

Synonyms:
last out, outride, ride out
Types:
outstay
surpass in staying power

n 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”
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sojourn, visit
a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
layover, stop, stopover
a brief stay in the course of a journey
night-stop
a break in a journey for the night
pit stop
a brief stop at a pit during an automobile race to take on fuel or service the car
pit stop
a stop during an automobile trip for rest and refreshment
stand
a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
Type of:
act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen
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v remain behind

“I had to stay at home and watch the children”
Antonyms:
depart, quit, take leave
go away or leave

v stay behind

“The smell stayed in the room”
Synonyms:
persist, remain
Types:
stick
endure
linger
remain present although waning or gradually dying
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v stop or halt

“Please stay the bloodshed!”
Synonyms:
delay, detain
Type of:
check, delay, retard
slow the growth or development of

v stop a judicial process

“The judge stayed the execution order”
Type of:
block, halt, kibosh, stop
stop from happening or developing

n the state of inactivity following an interruption

“the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow”
Synonyms:
arrest, check, halt, hitch, stop, stoppage
Types:
countercheck
a check that restrains another check
logjam
any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
Type of:
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
the state of being inactive

n 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”
Types:
stay of execution
an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time
Type of:
decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
4

v overcome or allay

Synonyms:
appease, quell
Type of:
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need
5

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

Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

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

Types:
backstay
a stay that supports the back of something
forestay
an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
mainstay
the forestay that braces the mainmast
Type of:
brace, bracing
a structural member used to stiffen a framework

v fasten with stays

Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
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