WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stay1 /steɪ/USA pronunciation
the act of stopping or being stopped.
a period of temporarily living somewhere:a week's stay in Miami.
Lawa temporary stopping of a judicial proceeding:a stay of execution.
- [no object] to remain over a length of time, as in a place or situation:The children wanted to stay up late.
- [no object] to dwell for a while; reside;
lodge:to stay at a friend's apartment.
- [no object] to pause briefly:Stay inside until the taxi comes.
- [usually not: be + ~-ing] to remain as; go on being: [~ + adjective]Try to stay calm.[~ + noun]How long will he stay governor if he keeps making such mistakes?
- to hold out or endure to the end, as in a contest, difficult task, etc.: [no object]If you stay with the project you'll have a good chance of finishing it.[~ + object]We need someone who will stay the course and not quit.
- [~ + object] to stop or halt:He stayed his hand before striking the child.
stay2 /steɪ/USA pronunciation
- Idiomsstay put, [no object] to remain in the same position or place:Now stay put until I come back to get you.
Buildingsomething used to support or steady a thing;
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stay /steɪ/ vb
- (intransitive) to continue or remain in a certain place, position, etc: to stay outside
- (copula) to continue to be; remain: to stay awake
- (intransitive) often followed by at: to reside temporarily, esp as a guest: to stay at a hotel
- (transitive) to remain for a specified period: to stay the weekend
- (intransitive) Scot South African to reside permanently or habitually; live
- archaic to stop or cause to stop
- (intransitive) to wait, pause, or tarry
- (transitive) to delay or hinder
- (transitive) to discontinue or suspend (a judicial proceeding)
- to hold in abeyance or restrain from enforcing (an order, decree, etc)
- to endure (something testing or difficult, such as a race): a horse that stays the course
- (transitive) to hold back or restrain: to stay one's anger
- (transitive) to satisfy or appease (an appetite, etc) temporarily
Etymology: 15th Century staien, from Anglo-French estaier, to stay, from Old French ester to stay, from Latin stāre to stand
- the act of staying or sojourning in a place or the period during which one stays
- the act of stopping or restraining or state of being stopped, etc
- the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etc: stay of execution
stay /steɪ/ n
vb (transitive) archaic
- anything that supports or steadies, such as a prop or buttress
- a thin strip of metal, plastic, bone, etc, used to stiffen corsets, etc
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French estaye, of Germanic origin; compare stay³
- (often followed by up) to prop or hold
- (often followed by up) to comfort or sustain
- followed by on or upon: to cause to rely or depend
stay /steɪ/ n
Etymology: Old English stæg; related to Old Norse stag, Middle Low German stach, Norwegian stagle wooden post
- a rope, cable, or chain, usually one of a set, used for bracing uprights, such as masts, funnels, flagpoles, chimneys, etc; guy
See also stays, stays
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