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English noun: stay

1. stay (act) continuing or remaining in a place or state


SamplesThey had a nice stay in Paris.
A lengthy hospital stay.
A four-month stay in bankruptcy court.


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity


Narrower (hyponym)layover, sojourn, stop, stopover, visit

2. stay (state) the state of inactivity following an interruption


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsarrest, check, halt, hitch, stop, stoppage


Broader (hypernym)inaction, inactiveness, inactivity


Narrower (hyponym)countercheck, logjam

3. stay (communication) a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted


SamplesThe Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court.


Broader (hypernym)decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript


Narrower (hyponym)stay of execution


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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


Broader (hypernym)slip, strip

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


Broader (hypernym)brace, bracing


Narrower (hyponym)backstay, forestay


Domain categorynavigation, sailing, seafaring


English verb: stay

1. stay (change) stay the same; remain in a certain state


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesJohn will stay angry


Synonymsremain, rest


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)be, keep, keep out, sit tight, stand, stay fresh, stay together, stick together


Antonymschange

2. stay (motion) stay put (in a certain place)


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


Synonymsstay put, stick, stick around


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)stay in place


Antonymsmove

3. stay (stative) dwell


SamplesYou can stay with me while you are in town.
Stay a bit longer--the day is still young.


Synonymsabide, bide


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)continue, remain, stay, stay on


Narrower (hyponym)outstay, overstay, visit


Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

4. stay (stative) continue in a place, position, or situation


SamplesAfter 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.


Synonymscontinue, remain, stay on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)abide, bide, hold over, stay

5. stay (motion) remain behind


SamplesI had to stay at home and watch the children.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Antonymstake leave, quit, depart

6. stay (change) stop or halt


SamplesPlease stay the bloodshed!.


Synonymsdelay, detain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)check, delay, retard

7. stay (stative) stay behind


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


Synonymspersist, remain


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Narrower (hyponym)linger, stick

8. stay (stative) hang on during a trial of endurance


SamplesRide out the storm.


Synonymslast out, outride, ride out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)outstay

9. stay (social) stop a judicial process


SamplesThe judge stayed the execution order.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)block, halt, kibosh, stop

10. stay (contact) fasten with stays


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

11. stay (consumption) overcome or allay


SamplesQuell my hunger.


Synonymsappease, quell


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy









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