1. Continuing or remaining in a place or state (synset 101055541)
    "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
  2. The state of inactivity following an interruption (synset 114034398)
    "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. A judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted (synset 106554258)
    "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
  4. A thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset) (synset 104314757)
  5. (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar (synset 104314557)
  1. Stay the same;
    Remain in a certain state (synset 200117793)
    "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"
  2. Stay put (in a certain place) (synset 201861378)
    "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner here!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!"
  3. Dwell (synset 202643286)
    "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
  4. Continue in a place, position, or situation (synset 202733337)
    "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"
  5. Remain behind (synset 202013215)
    "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  6. Stop or halt (synset 200461855)
    "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  7. Stay behind (synset 202736899)
    "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"
  8. Hang on during a trial of endurance (synset 202625202)
    "ride out the storm"
  9. Stop a judicial process (synset 202565847)
    "The judge stayed the execution order"
  10. Fasten with stays (synset 201347325)
  11. Overcome or allay (synset 201196647)
    "quell my hunger"

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