Definitions for staysteɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to remain or continue over a length of time, as in a place or situation:

    to stay up late.

  2. to dwell temporarily; lodge:

    to stay at a friend's apartment.

  3. to pause or wait briefly:

    Stay inside until the taxi comes.

  4. to continue to be as specified:

    to stay clean.

  5. to hold out or endure, as in a contest or at a task:

    to stay with a project.

  6. to keep up, as with a competitor.

  7. to stop or halt.

  8. to continue in a hand of poker by matching a bet or raise.

    Category: Games

  9. Archaic. to cease or desist.

  10. Archaic. to stand firm.

  11. (v.t.)to stop or halt.

  12. to hold back, detain, or restrain.

  13. to suspend or delay (actions, proceedings, etc.).

  14. to appease temporarily the hunger of: to satisfy temporarily the cravings of (the stomach, appetite, etc.).

    This sandwich will stay you till dinner.

  15. to remain through or during (a period of time).

  16. to remain to the end of; remain beyond (usu. fol. by out).

  17. Archaic. to await.

  18. (n.)the act of stopping or being stopped.

  19. a stop, halt, or pause.

  20. a sojourn or temporary residence:

    a week's stay in Miami.

  21. a suspension of a judicial proceeding:

    a stay of execution.

    Category: Law

  22. staying power; endurance.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for stay:

  1. stay put,to remain in the same position or place.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of stay:

1400–50; late ME staien < AF estaier, OF estai-, s. of ester < L stāre to stand


  1. something used to support or steady a thing; prop; brace.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a flat strip of firm material, as steel or whalebone, used esp. for stiffening corsets, collars, etc.

    Category: Clothing

  3. stays, a corset.

    Category: Clothing, British

  4. (v.t.)to support, prop, or hold up (sometimes fol. by up).

  5. to sustain or strengthen mentally or spiritually.

  6. to attach to a foundation or base.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of stay:

1505–15; partly n. der. of stay1, partly < OF estaye, n. der. of estayer to hold in place, support < Gmc; see stay3


  1. any of various strong ropes or wires for steadying masts, funnels, etc.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. (v.t.)to support or secure with a stay or stays:

    to stay a mast.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. to put (a ship) on the other tack.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. (v.i.)(of a ship) to change to the other tack.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Idioms for stay:

  1. in stays,(of a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel) heading into the wind with sails shaking, as in coming about.

    Category: Idiom, Nautical, Navy

Origin of stay:

bef. 1150; ME stey(e), OE stæg, c. ON stag

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stay(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"

  2. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage(noun)

    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"

  3. stay(noun)

    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"

  4. stay(noun)

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

  5. stay(verb)

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

  6. stay, remain, rest(verb)

    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"

  7. stay, stick, stick around, stay put(verb)

    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!"

  8. bide, abide, stay(verb)


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

  9. stay, stay on, continue, remain(verb)

    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"

  10. stay(verb)

    remain behind

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

  11. stay, detain, delay(verb)

    stop or halt

    "Please stay the bloodshed!"

  12. persist, remain, stay(verb)

    stay behind

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

  13. last out, stay, ride out, outride(verb)

    hang on during a trial of endurance

    "ride out the storm"

  14. stay(verb)

    stop a judicial process

    "The judge stayed the execution order"

  15. stay(verb)

    fasten with stays

  16. quell, stay, appease(verb)

    overcome or allay

    "quell my hunger"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stay(verb)ɪ

    to remain in a place

    Stay here while I go look for them.

  2. stayɪ

    to not change state or condition

    If it stays nice this afternoon, we could go to the park.; Eat well and stay healthy.

  3. stayɪ

    to sleep at a place

    She stayed with us for a few nights.; She was staying the night at her grandmother's.

  4. stay(noun)ɪ

    a period of time you spend somewhere

    We hope you had a pleasant stay at the hotel.


  1. stay(Verb)

    To prop; support; sustain; hold up; steady.

  2. stay(Verb)

    To stop; detain; keep back; delay; hinder.

    Your ships are stay'd at Venice uE00025482uE001 Shakespeare.

  3. stay

    To restrain; withhold; check; stop.

  4. stay

    To put off; defer; postpone; delay; keep back.

    The governor stayed the execution until the appeal could be heard.

  5. stay

    To hold the attention of.

  6. stay

    To bear; brook; undergo; abide; stand; hold out through or during.

  7. stay

    To wait for; await.

  8. stay

    To rest; depend; rely.

    Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon. uE00025483uE001 Isaiah 30:12, King James Bible.

  9. stay

    To stop; come to a stand or standstill.

  10. stay(Noun)

    A prop; a support.

  11. stay(Noun)

    A fastening for a garment; a hook; a clasp; anything to hang another thing on.

  12. stay

    That which holds or restrains; obstacle; check; hindrance; restraint.

  13. stay

    A stop; a halt; a break or cessation of action, motion, or progress.

  14. stay

    A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.

    The governor granted a stay of execution.

  15. stay

    A standstill; a state of rest; entire cessation of motion or progress.

    stand at a stay

  16. stay

    A fixed state; fixedness; stability; permanence.

  17. stay

    Continuance or a period of time spent in a place; abode for an indefinite time; sojourn.

    I hope you enjoyed your stay in Hawaii.

  18. stay

    A station or fixed anchorage for vessels.

  19. stay

    To come to an end; cease; blin.

  20. stay

    To delay; linger; tarry; wait.

  21. stay

    To make a stand; stand.

  22. stay

    To hold out, as in a race or contest; last or persevere to the end.

  23. stay

    To remain in a particular place, especially for an indefinite time; sojourn; abide.

  24. stay

    To wait; rest in patience or expectation.

  25. stay

    To wait as an attendant; give ceremonious or submissive attendance.

  26. stay

    To continue to have a particular quality.

    Wear gloves so your hands stay warm.

  27. stay

    A state; fixed condition.

  28. stay

    Restraint of passion; prudence; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.

  29. stay

    A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing.

    Where are the stays for my collar?

  30. Origin: From *, from stæg, from stagan, from stek-, from stā-. Cognate with stag, Stag, stag, stag.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stay(noun)

    a large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are called backstays. See Illust. of Ship

  2. Stay(verb)

    to stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support

  3. Stay(verb)

    to support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time

  4. Stay(verb)

    to bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully

  5. Stay(verb)

    to hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold

  6. Stay(verb)

    to hinde/; to delay; to detain; to keep back

  7. Stay(verb)

    to remain for the purpose of; to wait for

  8. Stay(verb)

    to cause to cease; to put an end to

  9. Stay(verb)

    to fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler

  10. Stay(verb)

    to tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind

  11. Stay(verb)

    to remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still

  12. Stay(verb)

    to continue in a state

  13. Stay(verb)

    to wait; to attend; to forbear to act

  14. Stay(verb)

    to dwell; to tarry; to linger

  15. Stay(verb)

    to rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist

  16. Stay(verb)

    to come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed

  17. Stay(verb)

    to hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well

  18. Stay(verb)

    to change tack; as a ship

  19. Stay(noun)

    that which serves as a prop; a support

  20. Stay(noun)

    a corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men

  21. Stay(noun)

    continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city

  22. Stay(noun)

    cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop

  23. Stay(noun)

    hindrance; let; check

  24. Stay(noun)

    restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety

  25. Stay(noun)

    strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them


  1. Stay

    "Stay" is a song by UK based pop act Shakespears Sister, released by London Records in January 1992 as the second single from their album Hormonally Yours. Upon release, the single became the duo's first and only #1 single in numerous territories, including the UK, where it topped the singles chart for 8 consecutive weeks; the longest UK #1 reign for any girl band. The single also held the #1 position for 6 weeks in band member Siobhan Fahey's native Ireland. In November 2010, The X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd performed the song on series 7 of the show. Following this, the original version re-entered the UK, Ireland and the European Hot 100 Singles charts. "Stay" was the only Shakespears Sister song that featured Siobhan Fahey less prominently on vocals than Marcella Detroit, with Detroit singing the verses and lead chorus and Fahey singing the song's dramatic bridge. Detroit is noted for singing in whistle register before the last chorus of the song, going up to a high F.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stay' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #953

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stay' in Written Corpus Frequency: #591

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stay' in Nouns Frequency: #2521

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stay' in Verbs Frequency: #128

Anagrams of stay

  1. Yats

Translations for stay

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to remain (in a place) for a time, eg while travelling, or as a guest etc

We stayed three nights at that hotel / with a friend / in Paris; Aunt Mary is coming to stay (for a fortnight); Would you like to stay for supper?; Stay and watch that television programme.

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