1 intr to continue or remain in a certain place, position, etc.
to stay outside
2 copula to continue to be; remain
to stay awake
3 intr; often foll by: at to reside temporarily, esp. as a guest
to stay at a hotel
4 tr to remain for a specified period
to stay the weekend
5 intr (Scot. and S. African) to reside permanently or habitually; live
6 Archaic to stop or cause to stop
7 intr to wait, pause, or tarry
a to discontinue or suspend (a judicial proceeding)
b to hold in abeyance or restrain from enforcing (an order, decree, etc.)
10 to endure (something testing or difficult, such as a race)
a horse that stays the course
11 intr; usually foll by: with to keep pace (with a competitor in a race, etc.)
12 intr (Poker) to raise one's stakes enough to stay in a round
13 tr to hold back or restrain
to stay one's anger
14 tr to satisfy or appease (an appetite, etc.) temporarily
Archaic to quell or suppress
Archaic to stand firm
stay put See →
18 the act of staying or sojourning in a place or the period during which one stays
19 the act of stopping or restraining or state of being stopped, etc.
20 the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etc.
stay of execution (See also)
(C15 staien, from Anglo-French estaier, to stay, from Old French ester to stay, from Latin stare to stand)
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