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stay

Noun

1 continuing or remaining in a place or state; "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
2 a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted; "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
3 the state of inactivity following an interruption; "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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stop, stoppage]
4 (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
5 a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)

Verb

1 stay the same; remain in a certain state; "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" [syn: remain, rest] [ant: change]
2 stay put (in a certain place); "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner here!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!" [syn: stick, stick around, stay put] [ant: move]
3 dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young" [syn: bide, abide]
4 continue in a place, position, or situation; "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" [syn: stay on, continue, remain]
5 remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the children" [ant: depart]
6 stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: detain, delay]
7 stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up" [syn: persist, remain]
8 a trial of endurance; "ride out the storm" [syn: last out, ride out, outride]
9 stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order"
10 fasten with stays
11 overcome or allay; "quell my hunger" [syn: quell, appease]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To remain in a particular place.
    We stayed in Hawaii for a week.
    I can only stay for an hour.
  2. To continue to have a particular quality.
    Wear gloves so your hands stay warm.
  3. To postpone.
    The governor stayed the execution until the appeal could be heard.

Derived terms

Translations

To remain in a particular place
To continue to have a particular quality
To postpone
Translations to be checked

Noun

  1. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.
    The governor granted a stay of execution.
  2. A rope or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole or a mast, or other structural element.
    The engineer insisted on using stays for the scaffolding.
  3. A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing.
    Where are the stays for my collar?
  4. A period of time spent in a place.
    I hope you enjoyed your stay in Hawaii.

Derived terms

Translations

postponement
nautical
holiday or temporary residence
  • Dutch: verblijf
  • Finnish: oleskelu
  • French: séjour
  • Italian: permanenza
  • Polish: pobyt
  • Portuguese: estada , estadia
  • Spanish: estadía

Extensive Definition

Stay may refer to:

General

  • Stays (nautical), the heavy ropes, wires, or rods on sailing vessels that run from the masts to the hull
  • Guy-wire, a metal wire used to support tall structures, such as radio masts
  • Bone (corsetry), one of the rigid parts of a corset
  • A part of a steam locomotive's firebox
  • A small rigid piece used to maintain the point of a men's dress shirt collar

Law

  • Two types of court order, either of which may be called simply a stay:
    • Stay of execution, a ruling to temporarily suspend the enforcement of a court judgment—often, but not always, referring to a stay of a death sentence
    • Stay of proceedings, a ruling halting further legal process in a trial

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stay in Spanish: Stay

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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