WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stay1 /steɪ/USA pronunciation v., stayed,orstaid,stay•ing,
  1. [no object] to remain over a length of time, as in a place or situation:The children wanted to stay up late.
  2. [no object] to dwell for a while; reside;
    lodge:to stay at a friend's apartment.
  3. [no object] to pause briefly:Stay inside until the taxi comes.
  4. [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?
  5. 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.
  6. [+ object] to stop or halt:He stayed his hand before striking the child.

n. [countable]
  • 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.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsstay put, [no object] to remain in the same position or place:Now stay put until I come back to get you.

    stay2 /steɪ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]

      Buildingsomething used to support or steady a thing;
      a prop;

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    stay /steɪ/ vb
    1. (intransitive) to continue or remain in a certain place, position, etc: to stay outside
    2. (copula) to continue to be; remain: to stay awake
    3. (intransitive) often followed by at: to reside temporarily, esp as a guest: to stay at a hotel
    4. (transitive) to remain for a specified period: to stay the weekend
    5. (intransitive) Scot South African to reside permanently or habitually; live
    6. archaic to stop or cause to stop
    7. (intransitive) to wait, pause, or tarry
    8. (transitive) to delay or hinder
    9. (transitive) to discontinue or suspend (a judicial proceeding)
    10. to hold in abeyance or restrain from enforcing (an order, decree, etc)
    11. to endure (something testing or difficult, such as a race): a horse that stays the course
    12. (transitive) to hold back or restrain: to stay one's anger
    13. (transitive) to satisfy or appease (an appetite, etc) temporarily
    1. the act of staying or sojourning in a place or the period during which one stays
    2. the act of stopping or restraining or state of being stopped, etc
    3. the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etc: stay of execution
    Etymology: 15th Century staien, from Anglo-French estaier, to stay, from Old French ester to stay, from Latin stāre to stand
    stay /steɪ/ n
    1. anything that supports or steadies, such as a prop or buttress
    2. a thin strip of metal, plastic, bone, etc, used to stiffen corsets, etc
    vb (transitive) archaic
    1. (often followed by up) to prop or hold
    2. (often followed by up) to comfort or sustain
    3. followed by on or upon: to cause to rely or depend
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French estaye, of Germanic origin; compare stay³
    stay /steɪ/ n
    1. 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
    Etymology: Old English stæg; related to Old Norse stag, Middle Low German stach, Norwegian stagle wooden post

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