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stay 1

 (stā)
v. stayed, stay·ing, stays
v.intr.
1.
a. To continue to be in a place or condition: stay home; stay calm.
b. To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger: stayed at a motel.
c. To linger or wait in order to do or experience something: We stayed to watch the final minutes of the game.
2.
a. To continue or persist in an action or activity: stayed with the original plan; stayed in college.
b. To keep up in a race or contest: tried to stay with the lead runner.
3. Games To meet a bet in poker without raising it.
4. Archaic To stop moving or stop doing something.
v.tr.
1. To remain during: stayed the week with my parents; stayed the duration of the game.
2.
a. To stop or restrain; check: Doubt stayed his hand.
b. To suspend by legal order the implementation of (a planned action), especially pending further proceedings: stay a prisoner's execution.
3. To satisfy or appease temporarily: stayed his anger.
4. Archaic 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).
n.
1. A brief period of residence or visiting.
2. Law
a. The order by which a planned action is stayed.
b. The consequence of such an order.
3. Archaic
a. The act of halting; check.
b. The act of coming to a halt.
Phrasal Verb:
stay up
To remain awake past one's usual bedtime; not go to bed.
Idioms:
stay put
To remain in a fixed or established position.
stay the course
To hold out or persevere to the end of a race or challenge.
stay with (one)
To remain in one's memory; not be forgotten: That kind of compliment stays with you for years.

[Middle English steien, from Old French ester, esteir, from Latin stāre; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: stay1, linger, remain, tarry1, wait
These verbs mean to continue to be in a given place: stayed in bed until noon; lingered at the mall for an entire afternoon; remained on the subway until the very last stop; tarried in the hallway until he was late for class; waited for the movie credits to end before she left the theater.

stay 2

 (stā)
tr.v. stayed, stay·ing, stays
To brace, support, or prop up: The tower is stayed with cables.
n.
1. A support or brace.
2. A strip of bone, plastic, or metal, used to stiffen a garment or part, such as a corset or shirt collar.
3. stays A corset.

[Middle English staien, from Old French estaiier, from estaie, a support, of Germanic origin.]

stay 3

 (stā)
n.
1. Nautical A heavy rope or cable, usually of wire, used as a brace or support for a mast or spar.
2. A rope used to steady, guide, or brace.
tr. & intr.v. stayed, stay·ing, stays Nautical
To put (a ship) on the opposite tack or to come about.

[Middle English, from Old English stæg.]

stays

(steɪz)
pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) rare corsets with bones in them

stays

(steɪz)
pl n
1. (Nautical Terms) a position of a sailing vessel relative to the wind so that the sails are luffing or aback. Compare irons2
2. (Nautical Terms) miss stays refuse stays (of a sailing vessel) to fail to come about
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stays - a woman's close-fitting foundation garmentstays - a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
foundation garment, foundation - a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
panty girdle - a woman's undergarment that combines a girdle and panties
Translations
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Some of us must stay here, and take care of the sick.
There is a little room there,' said the Princess, 'and if I could get a man to stay in it from ten o'clock till midnight for three nights on end I should be freed from the spell.
If you stay a week, you give him five marks--a dollar and a quarter, or about eighteen cents a day.
Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow," said the Prince, "will you not stay with me for one night, and be my messenger?
She let her mind wander back over her stay at Grand Isle; and she tried to discover wherein this summer had been different from any and every other summer of her life.
Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well.
It'll be hard for Martin Poyser to go to a strange place, among strange faces, when he's been bred up on the Hall Farm, and his father before him; but then it 'ud be harder for a man with his feelings to stay.
He strictly forbade her to ask any of the girls she knew to stay with her at night.
I stay on as your friend and from the tremendous interest I take in you till something can be done for you that may be more worth your while.
Some of the animals who came to see him were so sick that they had to stay at the Doctor's house for a week.
The sea is for the most part rough, and the winds tempestuous; we had here our rigging somewhat damaged by a storm of lightning, which when we had repaired, we sailed forward to Mosambique, where we were to stay some time.
Besides this, she was pleased to go away to the country because she was dreaming of getting her sister Kitty to stay with her there.