Definitions for stay

Definitions for (noun) stay

Main entry: stay

Definition: continuing or remaining in a place or state

Usage: they had a nice stay in Paris; a lengthy hospital stay; a four-month stay in bankruptcy court

Main entry: stay

Definition: (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar

Main entry: stay

Definition: a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)

Main entry: stay

Definition: a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted

Usage: the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court

Main entry: arrest, stop, stoppage, check, halt, hitch, stay

Definition: the state of inactivity following an interruption

Usage: 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

Definitions for (verb) stay

Main entry: remain, rest, stay

Definition: stay the same; remain in a certain state

Usage: 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

Main entry: stay, delay, detain

Definition: stop or halt

Usage: Please stay the bloodshed!

Main entry: quell, appease, stay

Definition: overcome or allay

Usage: quell my hunger

Main entry: stay

Definition: fasten with stays

Main entry: stick, stick around, stay, stay put

Definition: stay put (in a certain place)

Usage: We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati; Stay put in the corner here!; Stick around and you will learn something!

Main entry: stay

Definition: remain behind

Usage: I had to stay at home and watch the children

Main entry: stay

Definition: stop a judicial process

Usage: The judge stayed the execution order

Main entry: last out, outride, stay, ride out

Definition: hang on during a trial of endurance

Usage: ride out the storm

Main entry: stay, abide, bide

Definition: dwell

Usage: You can stay with me while you are in town; stay a bit longer--the day is still young

Main entry: remain, stay, stay on, continue

Definition: continue in a place, position, or situation

Usage: 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

Main entry: remain, stay, persist

Definition: stay behind

Usage: The smell stayed in the room; The hostility remained long after they made up

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