stay1 W1S1 [steı] v
1¦(in a place)¦
2¦(in a condition)¦
3¦(live somewhere)¦
4 stay put
5 be here to stay
6 stay after (school)
7 stay the course
8 stay tuned
9 stay!
10 stay somebody's hand
11 stay an order/ruling/execution etc
Phrasal verbs
 stay in
 stay on
 stay out
 stay up
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: ester 'to stand, stay', from Latin stare]
1.) ¦(IN A PLACE)¦
to remain in a place rather than leave
They stayed all afternoon, chatting.
stay (at) home
I decided to stay home.
stay for a year/ten minutes/a week etc
Isabel stayed for a year in Paris to study.
stay in
Stay in bed and drink plenty of liquids.
She stayed late to finish the report.
stay here/there
Stay right there! I'll be back in a minute.
stay to dinner/stay for lunch etc
Why don't you stay for supper?
stay behind/after
Some of the students stayed after class to talk (=remained after others had gone) .
stay and do sth
I should stay and help.
2.) ¦(IN A CONDITION)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, linking verb]
to continue to be in a particular position, place, or state, without changing
= ↑remain
Rollings will stay as chairman this year.
stay adj
Eat right to stay healthy.
It was hard to stay awake.
Nine women gained weight, and four stayed the same .
stay away/in/on etc
Stay away from my daughter!
You stay on this road for a mile before turning off.
stay around
Most of her boyfriends don't stay around (=stay with her) very long.
to live in a place for a short time as a visitor or guest
How long are they going to stay?
stay at/with
My mother is staying with us this week.
stay in
They're staying in the same hotel.
stay the night/stay overnight/stay over
(=stay from one evening to the next day)
Did you stay the night at Carolyn's?
4.) stay put
[i]spoken to remain in one place and not move
Stay put until I get back.
5.) be here to stay
to become accepted and used by most people
Professional women's basketball is here to stay.
6.) stay after (school)
to remain at school after the day's classes are finished, often as a punishment
7.) stay the course informal
to finish something in spite of difficulties
Dieters should try hard to stay the course.
8.) stay tuned
a) to continue watching or listening to the same television ↑channel or radio station
b) used to say that you should look or listen for more information about a particular subject at a later time
The project is still under discussion, so stay tuned.
9.) stay!
used to tell a dog not to move
10.) stay sb's hand
literary to stop someone from doing something
11.) stay an order/ruling/execution etc
law if a judge stays an order, ruling etc, they stop a particular decision from being used or a particular action from happening
stay in touch attouch2 (4)
stay in phr vto spend the evening at home rather than go out
I was tired, so I decided to stay in.
stay on phr v
to continue to do a job or to study after the usual or expected time for leaving
He resigned as chairman, but stayed on as an instructor.
stay out phr v
1.) to remain away from home during the evening or night
He started staying out late , drinking.
2.) stay out of sth
spoken to not get involved in an argument or fight
You stay out of it . It's none of your business.
stay up phr v
to not go to bed at the time you would normally go to bed
We stayed up all night, talking.
I let the kids stay up late on Fridays.
stay 2
stay2 n
1.) [C usually singular]
a limited time of living in a place
stay in/at
I met her towards the end of my stay in Los Angeles.
long/short/overnight etc stay
a short stay in the hospital
2.) [U and C] law
the stopping or delay of an action because a judge has ordered it
stay of execution
(=a delay in punishing someone by killing them)
a strong wire or rope used for supporting a ship's ↑mast
a short piece of plastic or wire used to keep a shirt ↑collar stiff

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