• Definition of stay

    • (n): 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"  
    • (n): (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar  
    • (n): a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)  
    • (n): 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"  
    • (n): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"  
    • (v): overcome or allay; "quell my hunger"  
    • (v): fasten with stays  
    • (v): 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!"  
    • (v): remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the children"  
    • (v): stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order"  
    • (v): a trial of endurance; "ride out the storm"  
    • (v): dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"  

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