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Definition 1: continuing or remaining in a place or state - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they had a nice stay in Paris
  • a lengthy hospital stay
  • a four-month stay in bankruptcy court

(stay is a kind of ...) something that people do or cause to happen

(... is a kind of stay ) a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)

(... is a kind of stay ) a brief stay in the course of a journey

"they made a stopover to visit their friends"

Definition 2: (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar - [noun denoting artifact]

(stay is a kind of ...) a structural member used to stiffen a framework

(... is a kind of stay ) a stay that supports the back of something

(... is a kind of stay ) an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast

(stay belongs to category ...) the work of a sailor

Definition 3: a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset) - [noun denoting artifact]

(stay is a kind of ...) artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

Definition 4: a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(stay is a kind of ...) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

(... is a kind of stay ) an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time

(stay belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 5: the state of inactivity following an interruption - [noun denoting state]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) the state of being inactive

(... is a kind of stay ) a check that restrains another check

(... is a kind of stay ) any stoppage attributable to unusual activity

"the legislation ran into a logjam"

Definition 6: stay the same; remain in a certain state - [verb of change]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of stay ) remain outside

(... is a kind of stay ) maintain the same position; wait it out

"Let's not make a decision--let's sit tight"

(... is a kind of stay ) be loyal to one another, especially in times of trouble

"The two families stuck together throughout the war"

(... is a kind of stay ) remain inactive or immobile

"standing water"

(... is a kind of stay ) fail to spoil or rot

"These potatoes keep for a long time"

(... is a kind of stay ) to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form

"let her be"

Definition 7: stop or halt - [verb of change]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please stay the bloodshed!

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) slow the growth or development of

"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Definition 8: overcome or allay - [verb of consumption]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • quell my hunger

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) fill, satisfy or meet a want or need or condtion ro restriction

"does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?" "This job doesn't match my dreams" "meet a need"

Definition 9: fasten with stays - [verb of contact]

(stay is a kind of ...) cause to be firmly attached

"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"

Definition 10: stay put (in a certain place) - [verb of motion]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) be stationary

Definition 11: remain behind - [verb of motion]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I had to stay at home and watch the children

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The judge stayed the execution order

(stay is a kind of ...) stop from happening or developing

"Block his election" "Halt the process"

Definition 13: dwell - [verb of stative]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You can stay with me while you are in town
  • stay a bit longer--the day is still young

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of stay ) stay with as a guest

"Every summer, we visited our relatives in the country for a month"

(... is a kind of stay ) stay too long

"overstay or outstay one's welcome"

(stay is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 14: continue in a place, position, or situation - [verb of stative]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(stay is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of stay ) dwell

"You can stay with me while you are in town" "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"

(... is a kind of stay ) continue a term of office past the normal period of time

Definition 15: hang on during a trial of endurance - [verb of stative]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ride out the storm

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of stay ) surpass in staying power

"They outstayed their competitors"

Definition 16: stay behind - [verb of stative]

Samples where stay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for stay in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of stay ) endure

"The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"

(... is a kind of stay ) remain present although waning or gradually dying

"Her perfume lingered on"

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