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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


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


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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