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Definitions of stay:

  • noun:   continuing or remaining in a place or state
    Example: "They had a nice stay in Paris"
  • noun:   (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
  • noun:   a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
  • noun:   a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    Example: "The Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
  • noun:   the state of inactivity following an interruption
    Example: "The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
  • verb:   stop a judicial process
    Example: "The judge stayed the execution order"
  • verb:   continue in a place, position, or situation
    Example: "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"
  • verb:   stop or halt
    Example: "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  • verb:   stay the same; remain in a certain state
    Example: "Stay alone"
  • verb:   fasten with stays
  • verb:   stay put (in a certain place)
    Example: "We are staying in Detroit"
  • verb:   remain behind
    Example: "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  • verb:   a trial of endurance
  • verb:   overcome or allay
  • verb:   dwell
    Example: "You can stay with me while you are in town"
  • verb:   stay behind
    Example: "The smell stayed in the room"
  • name:  A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #54053)


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