Definition of "stay" []

  • To continue to be in a place or condition: stay home; stay calm. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger: stayed at a motel. (verb-intransitive)
  • To stop moving; halt. (verb-intransitive)
  • To wait; pause. (verb-intransitive)
  • To endure or persist: stayed with the original plan. (verb-intransitive)
  • To continue or remain in a certain place, position, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To continue to be; remain (verb)
  • To reside temporarily, esp as a guest (verb)
  • To remain for a specified period (verb)
  • To reside permanently or habitually; live (verb)
  • To stop or cause to stop (verb)
  • To wait, pause, or tarry (verb)
  • To delay or hinder (verb)
  • To discontinue or suspend (a judicial proceeding) (verb)
  • To hold in abeyance or restrain from enforcing (an order, decree, etc) (verb)
  • To endure (something testing or difficult, such as a race) (verb)
  • To keep pace (with a competitor in a race, etc) (verb)
  • To raise one's stakes enough to stay in a round (verb)
  • To hold back or restrain (verb)
  • To satisfy or appease (an appetite, etc) temporarily (verb)
  • To quell or suppress (verb)
  • To stand firm (verb)
  • The act of staying or sojourning in a place or the period during which one stays (noun)
  • The act of stopping or restraining or state of being stopped, etc (noun)
  • The suspension of a judicial proceeding, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "stay" in a sentence
  • "I call the Republican position to stay the course ’stay and pray’………counters ‘cut and run’ pretty well, wouldn’t you say?"
  • "At the same time they were saying “The policy is to stay the course,” the president was saying “The policy has never been ’stay the course.’”"
  • "I was wishing I could just stay and _stay_ in this room. ""