(1)   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"
(2)   (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
(3)   A thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
(4)   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"
(5)   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"


(6)   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"
(7)   Stop or halt
"Please stay the bloodshed!"
(8)   Overcome or allay
"Quell my hunger"
(9)   Fasten with stays
(10)   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!"
(11)   Remain behind
"I had to stay at home and watch the children"
(12)   Stop a judicial process
"The judge stayed the execution order"
(13)   Hang on during a trial of endurance
"Ride out the storm"
(14)   Dwell
"You can stay with me while you are in town"
"Stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
(15)   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"
(16)   Stay behind
"The smell stayed in the room"
"The hostility remained long after they made up"


  1. To remain in a particular place.
    We stayed in Hawaii for a week.
    I can only stay for an hour.
  2. To continue to have a particular quality.
    Wear gloves so your hands stay warm.
  3. To postpone.
    The governor stayed the execution until the appeal could be heard.


  1. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.
    The governor granted a stay of execution.
  2. A rope or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole or a mast, or other structural element.
    The engineer insisted on using stays for the scaffolding.
  3. A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing.
    Where are the stays for my collar?
  4. A period of time spent in a place.
    I hope you enjoyed your stay in Hawaii.