1. [ verb ] stay the same; remain in a certain state
Synonyms: remain rest

"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"

Related terms: change be stand keep stick_together sit_tight be arrest
2. [ verb ] stay put (in a certain place)
Synonyms: stick stay_put stick_around

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

Related terms: move stay_in_place arrest
3. [ verb ] dwell (archaic)
Synonyms: abide bide

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

Related terms: visit overstay archaism
4. [ verb ] continue in a place, position, or situation
Synonyms: remain stay_on continue

: "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"

Related terms: be bide hold_over lengthiness
5. [ verb ] remain behind

"I had to stay at home and watch the children"

Related terms: depart
6. [ verb ] stop or halt
Synonyms: delay detain

"Please stay the bloodshed!"

Related terms: check delay
7. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: act stop sojourn
8. [ verb ] stay behind
Synonyms: remain persist

"The smell stayed in the room" "The hostility remained long after they made up"

Related terms: linger stick
9. [ verb ] overcome or allay
Synonyms: appease quell

"quell my hunger"

Related terms: meet
10. [ verb ] fasten with stays
Related terms: fasten
11. [ noun ] (law,writing) 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"

Related terms: decree stay_of_execution law
12. [ noun ] (clothing) a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
Related terms: strip
13. [ verb ] (law) stop a judicial process

: "The judge stayed the execution order"

Related terms: stop
14. [ noun ] the state of inactivity following an interruption
Synonyms: stop halt check hitch stoppage arrest

"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"

Related terms: inaction deadlock logjam countercheck halt break check check
15. [ verb ] a trial of endurance
Synonyms: ride_out outride last_out

"ride out the storm"

Related terms: outstay stayer
16. [ noun ] (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
Related terms: brace backstay forestay seafaring
17. [ noun ] the act of stopping (usually stopping motion)
Synonyms: check arrest

"the heart was in arrest" "war caused a check in the company's growth" "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"

Related terms: act stop obstruction stop sojourn poke_check crosscheck ice_hockey
Similar spelling:   sty