What does stay mean?

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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"


  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

  26. Origin: [OF. estayer, F. tayer to prop, fr. OF. estai, F. tai, a prop, probably fr. OD. stade, staeye, a prop, akin to E. stead; or cf. stay a rope to support a mast. Cf. Staid, a., Stay, v. i.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stay

    stā, v.i. to remain: to abide for any time: to continue in a state: to wait: to cease acting: to dwell: to trust.—v.t. to cause to stand: to stop: to restrain: to delay: to prevent from falling: to prop: to support, rest, rely:—pa.t. and pa.p. stayed, staid.—n. continuance in a place: abode for a time: stand: stop: a fixed state: a standstill: suspension of a legal proceeding: prop, support: (pl.) a kind of stiff inner waistcoat worn by women.—ns. Stay′-at-home, one who keeps much at home—also adj.; Stay′-bolt, a bolt or rod binding together opposite plates; Stay′er, one who, or that which, stops, holds, or supports: a person or animal of good lasting or staying qualities for a race, &c.; Stay′-lace, a lace for fastening a bodice; Stay′-mā′ker, one whose occupation is to make stays.—Stay the stomach, to allay the cravings of hunger for the time. [O. Fr. estayer, estaye—Old Dut. stade, a stay.]

  2. Stay

    stā, n. a large strong rope running from the head of one mast to another mast ('fore-and-aft' stay), or to the side of the ship ('back'-stay): the transverse piece in a chain-cable link.—v.t. to support or to incline to one side by means of stays: to put on the other tack, to cause to go about.—v.i. to change tack, to go about, to be in stays.—ns. Stay′sail, a sail extended on a stay; Stay′-tack′le, a large hoisting tackle fixed by a pendant to the mainstay of a ship.—Miss stays (see Miss). [A.S. stæg; Dut. stag, Ger. stag.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stay in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anthony Joshua:

    Stay humble

  2. Milaine Nocent:

    Now we can stay.

  3. Andy Clarke:

    I'm here to stay.

  4. Victor Patrick:

    If you stay there.

  5. Large Lance Ulanoff:

    This is here to stay.

Images & Illustrations of stay

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Translations for stay

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مكث, بقيArabic
  • заставацца, застаццаBelarusian
  • chom, ampellatBreton
  • quedar-se, restarCatalan, Valencian
  • pobyt, odložit, odklad, zůstat, odložení, odročeníCzech
  • aussetzen, aufschieben, bleiben, aufhalten, vertagenGerman
  • μένω, αναβάλλωGreek
  • stajo, restado, resti, prokrastiEsperanto
  • quedarse, permanecer, mantenerse, pasar la noche, estadía, quedar, hospedarseSpanish
  • jääma, viivitus, viivitama, viibimaEstonian
  • ماندنPersian
  • vahvike, oleskelu, este, harus, tuki, lykätä, pysyvyys, viipyä, jäädä, pysähdys, lykkäys, pysyä, maltti, staagi, naulaFinnish
  • rester, séjourFrench
  • fanIrish
  • permanecer, quedar, ficarGalician
  • נשארHebrew
  • ठहरना, रहनाHindi
  • tartózkodik, maradHungarian
  • մնալArmenian
  • vera, halda, dveljaIcelandic
  • restare, rimandare, stare, permanenza, rimanereItalian
  • とまる, 残る, とどまる, 留まるJapanese
  • 머무르다Korean
  • sto, teneo, maneoLatin
  • likti, pasiliktiLithuanian
  • pūrengi, pūwhenuaMāori
  • stag, uitstel, blijven, uitstellen, verblijven, verblijfDutch
  • stag, bli, forbliNorwegian
  • zatrzymać się, zostać, zatrzymywać się, pobyt, zostawaćPolish
  • estadia, suspensão, manter, permanecer, ficar, estada, adiar, continuarPortuguese
  • sta, rămâne, amâna, întârzia, [[rămâne]], [[dăinui]], zăboviRomanian
  • остаться, отсрочка, оставаться, пребываниеRussian
  • òstati, о̀статиSerbo-Croatian
  • stanna, stag, vistelse, vistas, hålla sigSwedish
  • คงอยู่, พักอยู่Thai
  • затримуватися, залишитисяUkrainian
  • رہناUrdu
  • lưu lại, ở lạiVietnamese
  • Chinese

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