Definition of Stay


  • (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
  • a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
  • a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
  • the state of inactivity following an interruption
    "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"
  • continuing or remaining in a place or state
    "they had a nice stay in Paris"
    "a lengthy hospital stay"
    "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"


  • overcome or allay
    "quell my hunger"
  • fasten with stays
  • stop a judicial process
    "The judge stayed the execution order"
  • hang on during a trial of endurance
    "ride out the storm"
    - last out - ride out
  • stay behind
    "The smell stayed in the room"
    "The hostility remained long after they made up"
  • stop or halt
    "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  • remain behind
    "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  • 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"
    - stay on
  • dwell
    "You can stay with me while you are in town"
    "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
  • stay put (in a certain place)
    "We are staying in Detroit
    we are not moving to Cincinnati"
    "Stay put in the corner here!"
    "Stick around and you will learn something!"
    - stick around - stay put
  • stay the same
    remain in a certain state
    "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"
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Word games points for the Stay

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Unscramble stay

16 unscramble word found using the letters stay.

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