How to use
'to stand, stay'
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 bed and drink plenty of liquids.
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.
in a condition
intransitive always + adverb/preposition, linking verb
to continue to be in a particular position, place, or state, without changing
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
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.
be here to stay
to become accepted and used by most people
Professional women's basketball is here to stay.
stay after (school)
to remain at school after the day's classes are finished, often as a punishment
stay the course
to finish something in spite of difficulties
Dieters should try hard to stay the course.
to continue watching or listening to the same television
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
stay somebody's hand
to stop someone from doing something
stay an order/ruling/execution etc
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
to spend the evening at home rather than go out
I was tired, so I decided to stay in.
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.
to remain away from home during the evening or night
staying out late
stay out of something
to not get involved in an argument or fight
stay out of it
. It's none of your business.
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
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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