Definition of Stay

1. Noun. Continuing or remaining in a place or state. "A four-month stay in bankruptcy court"

Generic synonyms: Act, Deed, Human Action, Human Activity
Specialized synonyms: Sojourn, Visit, Layover, Stop, Stopover

2. Verb. Stay the same; remain in a certain state. "John will stay angry"; "The bad weather continued for another week"
Exact synonyms: Remain, Rest
Specialized synonyms: Keep Out, Sit Tight, Stay Together, Stick Together, Stand, Keep, Stay Fresh, Be
Generic synonyms: Be
Antonyms: Change

3. Noun. The state of inactivity following an interruption. "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Check, Halt, Hitch, Stop, Stoppage
Generic synonyms: Inaction, Inactiveness, Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Countercheck, Logjam
Derivative terms: Check, Check, Halt, Halt, Stop, Stop

4. Verb. Stay put (in a certain place). "Stick around and you will learn something!"
Exact synonyms: Stay Put, Stick, Stick Around
Generic synonyms: Stay In Place
Antonyms: Move

5. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Decree, Edict, Fiat, Order, Rescript
Specialized synonyms: Stay Of Execution
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

6. Verb. Dwell. "Stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
Exact synonyms: Abide, Bide
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Specialized synonyms: Visit, Outstay, Overstay
Generic synonyms: Continue, Remain, Stay On
Derivative terms: Abidance

7. Noun. A thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset).
Generic synonyms: Slip, Strip

8. Verb. Continue in a place, position, or situation. "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"
Exact synonyms: Continue, Remain, Stay On
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Abide, Bide, Hold Over
Derivative terms: Continuation

9. Noun. (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar.
Category relationships: Navigation, Sailing, Seafaring
Specialized synonyms: Backstay, Forestay
Generic synonyms: Brace, Bracing

10. Verb. Remain behind. "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
Antonyms: Depart

11. Verb. Stop or halt. "Please stay the bloodshed!"
Exact synonyms: Delay, Detain
Generic synonyms: Check, Delay, Retard
Derivative terms: Delay

12. Verb. Stay behind. "The hostility remained long after they made up"
Exact synonyms: Persist, Remain
Specialized synonyms: Stick, Linger
Derivative terms: Persistent

13. Verb. Hang on during a trial of endurance. "Ride out the storm"
Exact synonyms: Last Out, Outride, Ride Out
Specialized synonyms: Outstay
Derivative terms: Stayer

14. Verb. Stop a judicial process. "The judge stayed the execution order"
Generic synonyms: Block, Halt, Kibosh, Stop

15. Verb. Fasten with stays.
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure

16. Verb. Overcome or allay. "Quell my hunger"
Exact synonyms: Appease, Quell
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fulfil, Fulfill, Meet, Satisfy

Definition of Stay

1. n. A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are called backstays. See Illust. of Ship.

2. v. t. To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.

3. v. i. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.

4. n. That which serves as a prop; a support.

Definition of Stay

1. Noun. (nautical) A strong rope supporting a mast, and leading fromthe head of one mast down to some other, or other part of the vessel. ¹

2. Noun. A guy, rope, or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole, the mast of a derrick, or other structural element. ¹

3. Noun. (context: chain-cable) The transverse piece in a link. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive nautical) To incline forward, aft, or to one side by means of stays. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive nautical) To tack; put on the other tack. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive nautical) To change; tack; go about; be in stays, as a ship. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To prop; support; sustain; hold up; steady. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To stop; detain; keep back; delay; hinder. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To restrain; withhold; check; stop. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To put off; defer; postpone; delay; keep back. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To hold the attention of. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To bear; brook; undergo; abide; stand; hold out through or during. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To wait for; await. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To rest; depend; rely. ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive) To stop; come to a stand or standstill. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive) To come to an end; cease; blin. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive) To delay; linger; tarry; wait. ¹

18. Verb. (intransitive) To make a stand; stand. ¹

19. Verb. (intransitive) To hold out, as in a race or contest; last or persevere to the end. ¹

20. Verb. (intransitive) To remain in a particular place, especially for an indefinite time; sojourn; abide. ¹

21. Verb. (intransitive) To wait; rest in patience or expectation. ¹

22. Verb. (intransitive used with ''on'' or ''upon'') To wait as an attendant; give ceremonious or submissive attendance. ¹

23. Verb. (intransitive) To continue to have a particular quality. ¹

24. Noun. A prop; a support. ¹

25. Noun. (archaic) A fastening for a garment; a hook; a clasp; anything to hang another thing on. ¹

26. Noun. That which holds or restrains; obstacle; check; hindrance; restraint. ¹

27. Noun. A stop; a halt; a break or cessation of action, motion, or progress. ¹

28. Noun. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment. ¹

29. Noun. (archaic) A standstill; a state of rest; entire cessation of motion or progress. ¹

30. Noun. A fixed state; fixedness; stability; permanence. ¹

31. Noun. Continuance or a period of time spent in a place; abode for an indefinite time; sojourn. ¹

32. Noun. (nautical) A station or fixed anchorage for vessels. ¹

33. Noun. A state; fixed condition. ¹

34. Noun. Restraint of passion; prudence; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. ¹

35. Noun. A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing. ¹

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Definition of Stay

1. to continue in a place or condition [v STAYED or STAID, STAYING, STAYS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stay

stave wood
stay (current term)
stay at
stay at home
stay away
stay behind
stay fresh
stay in
stay in place
stay of execution
stay off
stay on
stay over

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