Stay - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |steɪ|  American pronunciation of the word stay
Brit.  |steɪ|  British pronunciation of the word stay


- continuing or remaining in a place or state
- the state of inactivity following an interruption(syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stop, stoppage)
- a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
- 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(syn: remain, rest)
- stay put (in a certain place)(syn: stick)
- dwell(syn: abide, bide)
- continue in a place, position, or situation(syn: continue, remain)
- remain behind
- stop or halt(syn: delay, detain)
- stay behind(syn: persist, remain)

▼ (4)


I shall make a week's stay there.

I didn't think the boy would stay for two whole weeks without an invitation.

On the way home that phrase stayed with me.

Stay with me for a few more minutes and you'll see the point of the story.

He is the stay of his old age.

A tree was propped up by iron stays.

It is necessary to stay the old building with timber where it declines.

They stayed all afternoon, chatting.

I decided to stay home.

Isabel stayed for a year in Paris to study.

Stay in bed and drink plenty of liquids.

She stayed late to finish the report.

Stay right there! I'll be back in a minute.

Why don't you stay for supper?

Some of the students stayed after class to talk (=remained after others had gone).

Phrasal verbs

stay away  — stay clear of, avoid
stay on  — continue in a place, position, or situation
stay up  — not go to bed

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stay
he/she/it: stays
present participle: staying
past tense: stayed
past participle: stayed
singular: stay
plural: stays
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