- The definition of a stay is a visit somewhere.
An example of stay is a week long trip to the Niagara Falls area.
- Stay is defined as to spend time in a place or to continue to be in the same condition.
- An example of stay is for a child to visit his grandparents for a week.
- An example of stay is to remain working with a company for a number of years.
stay definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English staie ; from Old English stæg, akin to Dutch stag ; from Indo-European an unverified form stāk-, to stand, place ; from base an unverified form sta-: see stand
- anything used as a support, or prop
- a strip of stiffening material used in a corset, the collar of a shirt, etc.
- Chiefly Brit. a corset stiffened as with whalebone
Origin: Middle French estaie ; from Frankish an unverified form stakka: see stick
- to support, or prop up
- to strengthen, comfort, or sustain in mind or spirit
- to cause (something) to rest on, upon, or in for support
- to continue in the place or condition specified; remain; keep: to stay at home, to stay healthy
- to live, dwell, or reside, esp. temporarily (for the time specified)
- to stand still; stop; halt
- to pause; tarry; wait; delay
- Informal to continue or endure; last: to stay with a project
- Informal to keep up (with another contestant in a race, etc.)
- Archaic to cease doing something
- Archaic to make a stand
- ☆ Poker to remain in a hand by meeting the bet or raise
Origin: Middle English staien ; from Anglo-French estaier ; from Old French ester ; from Classical Latin stare, to stand
- to stop, halt, or check
- to hinder, impede, restrain, or detain
- to postpone or delay (legal action or proceedings)
- Rare to quell or allay (strife, etc.)
- to satisfy or appease for a time the pangs or cravings of (thirst, appetite, etc.)
- to remain through or during: often with out: to stay the week (out)
- to be able to last through: to stay the distance in a long race
- Archaic to await
- a stopping or being stopped
- a stop, halt, check, or pause
- a postponement or delay in legal action or proceedings: a stay of execution
- the action of remaining or continuing in a place for a time
- time spent in a place: a long stay in the hospital
- Informal ability to continue or endure
stay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb stayed stayed, stay·ing, stays verb, intransitive
- To continue to be in a place or condition: stay home; stay calm.
- To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger: stayed at a motel.
- To stop moving; halt.
- To wait; pause.
- To endure or persist: stayed with the original plan.
- To keep up in a race or contest: tried to stay with the lead runner.
- Games To meet a bet in poker without raising it.
- To stand one's ground; remain firm.
- Archaic To cease from a specified activity.
- To stop or halt; check.
- To postpone; delay.
- To delay or stop the effect of (an order, for example) by legal action or mandate: stay a prisoner's execution.
- To satisfy or appease temporarily: stayed his anger.
- To remain during: stayed the week with my parents; stayed the duration of the game.
- To wait for; await: “I will not stay thy questions. Let me go;/Or if thou follow me, do not believe/But I shall do thee mischief in the wood” (Shakespeare).
- The act of halting; check.
- The act of coming to a halt.
- A brief period of residence or visiting.
- A suspension or postponement of a legal action or an execution: granted a stay to the prisoner's execution.
Origin: Middle English steien, from Old French ester, esteir, from Latin stāre; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb stayed stayed, stay·ing, stays
- To brace, support, or prop up.
- To strengthen or sustain mentally or spiritually.
- To rest or fix on for support.
- A support or brace.
- A strip of bone, plastic, or metal, used to stiffen a garment or part, such as a corset or shirt collar.
- stays A corset.
Origin: Middle English staien, from Old French estaiier, from estaie, a support, of Germanic origin.
- Nautical A heavy rope or cable, usually of wire, used as a brace or support for a mast or spar.
- A rope used to steady, guide, or brace.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English stǽg.
stay - Legal Definition
stay - Phrases/Idioms
stay the course
stay the course