2 noun
1 [countable 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 [uncountable and countable] lawSCL the stopping or delay of an action because a judge has ordered it
stay of execution (=a delay in punishing someone by killing them)
3 [countable]TTW a strong wire or rope used for supporting a ship's mast
4 [countable]DCC a short piece of plastic or wire used to keep a shirt collar stiff

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