stay1 [ steı ] verb intransitive ***
1. ) to remain in a particular place:
Stay right here, please.
stay late: I have to stay late at work every Thursday.
stay away/back: Stay back! Don't come any closer!
stay at home: He wanted her to stay at home and take care of the children.
2. ) to remain in a particular situation or state:
Fast walking is a good way of staying in shape.
stay calm/cool/quiet: My number one rule is to stay calm under pressure.
a ) to remain at a particular level:
stay up/down: Interest rates should stay down for the next few months.
b ) stay out of something to remain out of trouble or a bad situation:
He will go to jail if he doesn't stay out of trouble.
3. ) to live or remain in a place for a while as a guest or visitor:
stay with: How long is he planning to stay with you?
stay at: Jamie stayed at the hotel for three days.
a ) stay the night/stay overnight to remain in a place as a guest or visitor for one night:
Dad said Chris could stay the night.
something is here to stay
used for saying that something is generally accepted and is part of all our lives:
Do you think high unemployment is here to stay?
stay the course
to continue doing or working on something despite difficulties:
Voters thought McMiller should stay the course and finish his term.
stay put SPOKEN
to remain in one place or position:
Stay put, I'll be back in a minute.
,stay a`round phrasal verb intransitive
to not leave a person or place:
How long do you think Jason will stay around this time?
,stay be`hind phrasal verb intransitive
to remain somewhere after everyone else has left:
Tony stayed behind and helped John clean up the kitchen.
,stay `in phrasal verb intransitive
to remain in your home for a period of time:
I think I'd rather stay in tonight.
,stay `on phrasal verb intransitive
to remain at a job, school, or place longer than you had intended to:
James promised to stay on for six months after his contract was up.
,stay `out phrasal verb intransitive
to remain out of your home for a period of time:
Please don't stay out all night again!
,stay `over phrasal verb intransitive
to sleep in someone's house as a guest for one night:
It's getting late; do you want to stay over?
,stay to`gether phrasal verb intransitive
to continue to live together as a couple:
They decided to stay together for the sake of the children.
,stay `up phrasal verb intransitive
to not go to bed:
Josh could stay up all night without getting tired.
stay 2 [ steı ] noun count **
1. ) usually singular a limited period of time that you live somewhere:
I hope you enjoyed your stay with us.
I met her during my short stay at the hospital.
length/duration of stay: The average length of stay at these hotels is only two nights.
2. ) a short piece of bone, wire, or plastic used inside a CORSET or shirt collar to keep it stiff
stay of execution/deportation etc. LEGAL
an order given by a judge to stop or delay something

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • 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 …   Wikipedia

  • stay — 1 vt stayed, stay·ing: to temporarily suspend or prevent by judicial or executive order may not grant an injunction to stay proceedings in a state court U.S. Code stay 2 n: a temporary suspension or injunction of an action or process by a usu.… …   Law dictionary

  • Stay — Stay, n. [Cf. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai support, and E. stay a rope to support a mast.] 1. That which serves as a prop; a support. My only strength and stay. Milton. [1913 Webster] Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stay — «Stay» Сингл Дэвида Гетта совместно с …   Википедия

  • stay — Ⅰ. stay [1] ► VERB 1) remain in the same place. 2) remain in a specified state or position. 3) live somewhere temporarily as a visitor or guest. 4) Scottish & S. African live permanently. 5) stop, delay, or prevent. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • Stay — (st[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stayed} (st[=a]d) or {Staid} (st[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staying}.] [OF. estayer, F. [ e]tayer to prop, fr. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai, a prop, probably fr. OD. stade, staeye, a prop, akin to E. stead; or cf. stay a rope …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stay — UK US /steɪ/ verb [I] ► to not move away or leave: stay for 2 days/2 weeks/2 years, etc. »They need an assistant who is willing to stay for six months. stay at work/home »We stayed at work until 10 pm. stay in/on sth »She will stay on the board… …   Financial and business terms

  • Stay — (st[=a]), v. i. [[root]163. See {Stay} to hold up, prop.] 1. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still. [1913 Webster] She would command the hasty sun to stay. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Stay, I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stay — stay1 [stā] n. [ME staie < OE stæg, akin to Du stag < IE * stāk , to stand, place < base * sta : see STAND] a heavy rope or cable, usually of wire, used as a brace or support, as for a mast of a ship; guy vt. to brace or support with a… …   English World dictionary

  • Stay — puede referirse a: “Stay”, una canción de Nick Jonas The Administration del album Who I Am. “Stay, la canción de Pink Floyd, del año 1972, de su álbum Obscured by Clouds. “Stay”, clásico de Maurice Williams y sus covers (ejemplo el de Cyndi… …   Wikipedia Español

  • stay in — To remain at home • • • Main Entry: ↑stay * * * ˌstay ˈin [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they stay in he/she/it stays in …   Useful english dictionary

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