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stay

noun (n)

  • continuing or remaining in a place or state (noun.act)
    Example:
    They had a nice stay in Paris.
    A lengthy hospital stay.
    A four-month stay in bankruptcy court.
    source: wordnet30
  • the state of inactivity following an interruption (noun.state)
    Example:
    The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow.
    source: wordnet30
  • a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted (noun.communication)
    Example:
    The Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court.
    source: wordnet30
  • a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset) (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are called backstays. See Illust. of Ship. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • That which serves as a prop; a support. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • stay the same; remain in a certain state (verb.change)
    Synonym: remain, rest
    Antonym: change
    Example:
    Stay alone.
    source: wordnet30
  • stay put (in a certain place) (verb.motion)
    Synonym: stay put, stick, stick around
    Antonym: move
    Example:
    We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati.
    Stay put in the corner here!.
    source: wordnet30
  • dwell (verb.stative)
    Synonym: abide, bide
    Example:
    You can stay with me while you are in town.
    Stay a bit longer--the day is still young.
    source: wordnet30
  • continue in a place, position, or situation (verb.stative)
    Synonym: continue, remain, stay on
    Example:
    After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser.
    Stay with me, please.
    source: wordnet30
  • remain behind (verb.motion)
    Antonym: depart, quit, take leave
    Example:
    I had to stay at home and watch the children.
    source: wordnet30
  • stop or halt (verb.change)
    Synonym: delay, detain
    Example:
    Please stay the bloodshed!.
    source: wordnet30
  • stay behind (verb.stative)
    Synonym: persist, remain
    Example:
    The smell stayed in the room.
    source: wordnet30
  • hang on during a trial of endurance (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • stop a judicial process (verb.social)
    Example:
    The judge stayed the execution order.
    source: wordnet30
  • fasten with stays (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • overcome or allay (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: appease, quell
    source: wordnet30
  • To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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