WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stay1 /steɪ/USA pronunciation   v.,  stayed, or staid,  stay•ing, 
  1. to remain over a length of time, as in a place or situation:[no object]The children wanted to stay up late.
  2. to dwell for a while;
    lodge:[no object]to stay at a friend's apartment.
  3. to pause briefly:[no object]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. to stop or halt:[+ object]He stayed his hand before striking the child.

n. [countable]
  1. the act of stopping or being stopped.
  2. a period of temporarily living somewhere:a week's stay in Miami.
  3. Lawa temporary stopping of a judicial proceeding:a stay of execution.
  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]
  1. Buildingsomething used to support or steady a thing;
    a prop;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stay1 (stā),USA pronunciation  v.,  stayed  or staid, stay•ing, n. 

  1. to spend some time in a place, in a situation, with a person or group, etc.:He stayed in the army for ten years.
  2. to continue to be as specified, as to condition or state:to stay clean.
  3. to hold out or endure, as in a contest or task (fol. by with or at):Please stay with the project as long as you can.
  4. to keep up, as with a competitor (fol. by with).
  5. Games[Poker.]to continue in a hand by matching an ante, bet, or raise.
  6. to stop or halt.
  7. to pause or wait, as for a moment, before proceeding or continuing;
    linger or tarry.
  8. [Archaic.]to cease or desist.
  9. [Archaic.]to stand firm.

  1. to stop or halt.
  2. to hold back, detain, or restrain, as from going further.
  3. to suspend or delay (actions, proceedings, etc.).
  4. to appease or satisfy temporarily the cravings of (the stomach, appetite, etc.).
  5. to remain through or during (a period of time):We stayed two days in San Francisco.
  6. to remain to the end of;
    remain beyond (usually fol. by out).
  7. [Archaic.]to await.
  8. stay the course, to persevere;
    endure to completion.

  1. the act of stopping or being stopped.
  2. a stop, halt, or pause;
    a standstill.
  3. a sojourn or temporary residence:a week's stay in Miami.
  4. Lawa stoppage or arrest of action;
    suspension of a judicial proceeding:The governor granted a stay of execution.
  5. [Informal.]staying power;
  • Latin stāre to stand
  • Anglo-French estaier, Old French estai-, stem of ester
  • late Middle English staien 1400–50

stay2 (stā),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  stayed, stay•ing. 

  1. Buildingsomething used to support or steady a thing;
  2. Clothinga flat strip of steel, plastic, etc., used esp. for stiffening corsets, collars, etc.
  3. Buildinga long rod running between opposite walls, heads or sides of a furnace, boiler, tank, or the like, to strengthen them against internal pressures.
  4. Clothing, British Terms, British Termsstays, [Chiefly Brit.]a corset.

  1. to support, prop, or hold up (sometimes fol. by up).
  2. to sustain or strengthen mentally or spiritually.
  3. to rest on (something, as a foundation or base) for support.
  4. to cause something to become fixed or to rest on (a support, foundation, base, etc.)
  • apparently same as stay3 (compare Old French estayer to hold in place, support, perh. derivative of Middle English steye stay3) 1505–15

stay3  (stā),USA pronunciation n., v.,  stayed, stay•ing. [Chiefly Naut.]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsany of various strong ropes or wires for steadying masts, funnels, etc.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsin stays, (of a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel) heading into the wind with sails shaking, as in coming about.

  1. Nautical, Naval Termsto support or secure with a stay or stays:to stay a mast.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsto put (a ship) on the other tack.

  1. Nautical, Naval Terms(of a ship) to change to the other tack.
  • bef. 1150; Middle English stey(e), Old English stæg; cognate with German Stag

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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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Collocations: stay [still, put, in one place], a [short, long, brief] stay [at, in], UK: the [short, long] -stay car park, more...

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