|Origin:||ester 'to stand, stay', from Latin stare|
stay1 S1 W1
to remain in a place rather than leave:
in a place[intransitive]
They stayed all afternoon, chatting.
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 bed and drink plenty of liquids.
She stayed late to finish the report.
Stay right there! I'll be back in a minute.
stay to dinner/stay for lunch etc
Why don't you stay for supper?
Some of the students stayed after class to talk (=remained after others had gone).
stay and do something
I should stay and help.
to continue to be in a particular position, place, or state, without changing [= remain]:
in a condition[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, linking verb]
Rollings will stay as chairman this year.
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.
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?
My mother is staying with us this week.
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?
to remain in one place and not move:
Stay put until I get back.
to become accepted and used by most people:
Professional women's basketball is here to stay.
to remain at school after the day's classes are finished, often as a punishment
to finish something in spite of difficulties:
Dieters should try hard to stay the course.
to continue watching or listening to the same television channel or radio station
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.
used to tell a dog not to move
to stop someone from doing something
if a judge stays an order, ruling etc, they stop a particular decision from being used or a particular action from happening
➔ stay in touchat touch2 (4)
stay inphrasal verb
I was tired, so I decided to stay in.
stay onphrasal verb
He resigned as chairman, but stayed on as an instructor.
stay outphrasal verb
to remain away from home during the evening or night:
He started staying out late, drinking.
stay upphrasal verb
We stayed up all night, talking.
I let the kids stay up late on Fridays.