Stay is defined as to spend time in a place or to continue to be in the same condition.(verb)
The definition of a stay is a visit somewhere.(noun)
An example of stay is a week long trip to the Niagara Falls area.
See stay in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME staie < OE stæg, akin to Du stag < IE *stāk-, to stand, place < base *sta-: see stand
Origin: MFr estaie < Frank *stakka: see stick
Origin: ME staien < Anglo-Fr estaier < OFr ester < L stare, to stand
See stay in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb stayed stayed, stay·ing, stays verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English steien
Origin: , from Old French ester, esteir
Origin: , from Latin stāre; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb stayed stayed, stay·ing, stays
Origin: Middle English staien
Origin: , from Old French estaiier
Origin: , from estaie, a support
Origin: , of Germanic origin.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English stǽg.
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