stay

To stay is to remain or wait in the same place. When you tell your dog to stay, you expect her to keep sitting until you call her over.

You can stay in the short term, like when you stay in your seat even though you're antsy, or in the long term, like when you decide to stay in Missouri after you graduate from college. You can also stay calm or stay out of trouble. Legally, to stay is to delay or suspend proceedings, like when a judge stays a decision. A less-common meaning of stay is "a support," from the Middle French estaie, "wood used as a support."

Definitions of stay
  1. verb
    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
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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)
  2. verb
    stay the same; remain in a certain state
    stay alone”
    synonyms: remain, rest
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    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)
  3. verb
    stay put (in a certain place)
    “We are staying in Detroit”
    Stay put in the corner here!”
    synonyms: stay put, stick, stick around
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    move
    change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
    type of:
    stay in place
    be stationary
  4. verb
    dwell
    “You can stay with me while you are in town”
    stay a bit longer--the day is still young”
    synonyms: abide, bide
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    types:
    visit
    stay with as a guest
    outstay, overstay
    stay too long
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    continue, remain, stay on
    continue in a place, position, or situation
  5. verb
    hang on during a trial of endurance
    synonyms: last out, outride, ride out
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    outstay
    surpass in staying power
  6. noun
    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
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  7. verb
    remain behind
    “I had to stay at home and watch the children”
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    depart, quit, take leave
    go away or leave
  8. verb
    stay behind
    “The smell stayed in the room”
    synonyms: persist, remain
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    stick
    endure
    linger
    remain present although waning or gradually dying
  9. verb
    stop or halt
    “Please stay the bloodshed!”
    synonyms: delay, detain
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    check, delay, retard
    slow the growth or development of
  10. verb
    stop a judicial process
    “The judge stayed the execution order”
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    type of:
    block, halt, kibosh, stop
    stop from happening or developing
  11. noun
    the state of inactivity following an interruption
    “the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow”
    synonyms: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stop, stoppage
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    countercheck
    a check that restrains another check
    logjam
    any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
    type of:
    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
  12. noun
    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”
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    stay of execution
    an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time
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    decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
  13. verb
    overcome or allay
    synonyms: appease, quell
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    fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
    fill or meet a want or need
  14. noun
    a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
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    slip, strip
    artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  15. noun
    (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
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    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
  16. verb
    fasten with stays
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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