What is the meaning of stay?


  • Continuing or remaining in a place or state.
    • usage: "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
  • The state of inactivity following an interruption.
    • usage: "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
  • A judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted.
    • usage: "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
  • A thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e. G. A corset. )
  • Nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar. (


  • Stay the same; remain in a certain state.
    • usage: "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"; "rest assured"; "stay alone"; "He remained unmoved by her tears"; "The bad weather continued for another week"
  • Stay put (in a certain place. )
    • usage: "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner here"; "Stick around and you will learn something"
  • Dwell.
    • usage: "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer-the day is still young"
  • Continue in a place, position, or situation.
    • usage: "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"; "Stay with me, please"; "despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year"; "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"
  • Remain behind.
    • usage: "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  • Stop or halt.
    • usage: "Please stay the bloodshed"
  • Stay behind.
    • usage: "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"
  • Hang on during a trial of endurance.
    • usage: "ride out the storm"
  • Stop a judicial process.
    • usage: "The judge stayed the execution order"
  • Fasten with stays.
  • Overcome or allay.
    • usage: "quell my hunger"
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APAWordNet. (2010). stay. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/stay/definitions/1193244
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "stay" http://smartdefine.org/stay/definitions/1193244 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, stay, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/stay/definitions/1193244>.
MLAWordNet. "stay" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/stay/definitions/1193244>
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