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1stay

noun \ˈstā\

Definition of STAY

1
:  a large strong rope usually of wire used to support a mast
2
:  1guy

Origin of STAY

Middle English, from Old English stæg; akin to Old Norse stag stay
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard

2stay

verb

Definition of STAY

transitive verb
1
:  to secure upright with or as if with stays
2
:  to incline (a mast) forward, aft, or to one side by the stays
intransitive verb
:  to go about :  tack

First Known Use of STAY

1627

3stay

verb
stayed \ˈstād\ also staid \ˈstād\ stay·ing

Definition of STAY

intransitive verb
1
:  to stop going forward :  pause
2
:  to stop doing something :  cease
3
:  to continue in a place or condition :  remain <stayed up all night> <went for a short vacation but stayed on for weeks> <stay put till I come back>
4
:  to stand firm
5
:  to take up residence :  lodge
6
:  to keep even in a contest or rivalry <stay with the leaders>
7
:  to call a poker bet without raising
8
obsolete :  to be in waiting or attendance
transitive verb
1
:  to wait for :  await
2
:  to stick or remain with (as a race or trial of endurance) to the end —usually used in the phrase stay the course
3
:  to remain during <stayed the whole time>
4
a :  to stop or delay the proceeding or advance of by or as if by interposing an obstacle :  halt
b :  to check the course of (as a disease)
c :  allay, pacify <stayed tempers>
d :  to quiet the hunger of temporarily

Origin of STAY

Middle English, from Anglo-French estei-, estai-, stem of ester to stand, stay, from Latin stare — more at stand
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of STAY

defer, postpone, suspend, stay mean to delay an action or proceeding. defer implies a deliberate putting off to a later time <deferred buying a car until spring>. postpone implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time <the game is postponed until Saturday>. suspend implies temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied <business will be suspended while repairs are under way>. stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority <the governor stayed the execution>.

4stay

noun

Definition of STAY

1
a :  the action of halting :  the state of being stopped
b :  a stopping or suspension of procedure or execution by judicial or executive order
2
obsolete :  self-control, moderation
3
:  a residence or sojourn in a place
4
:  capacity for endurance

First Known Use of STAY

1536

5stay

noun

Definition of STAY

1
:  one that serves as a prop :  support
2
:  a thin firm strip (as of plastic) used for stiffening a garment or part (as a shirt collar)
3
:  a corset stiffened with bones —usually used in plural

Origin of STAY

Middle English, from Middle French estaie, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch stake pole, Middle Low German stak post, stake pole — more at stake
First Known Use: 14th century

6stay

transitive verb

Definition of STAY

1
:  to provide physical or moral support for :  sustain
2
:  to fix on something as a foundation

First Known Use of STAY

1548
STAYED Defined for Kids

1stay

verb \ˈstā\
stayedstay·ing

Definition of STAY for Kids

1
:  to remain after others have gone <She stayed after the party to help.>
2
:  to continue unchanged <We stayed friends for many years.>
3
:  to stop going forward :  pause <He instructed the dog to stay.>
4
:  to live for a while <I'm staying with friends.> <We will stay at the shore for the summer.>
5
:  to put a stop to :  halt <The governor stayed the execution.>

2stay

noun

Definition of STAY for Kids

1
:  a period of living in a place <Our stay in the country was too short.>
2
:  the action of bringing to a stop :  the state of being stopped <a stay of the execution>

3stay

noun

Definition of STAY for Kids

:  a strong rope or wire used to steady or brace something (as a mast)

4stay

noun

Definition of STAY for Kids

1
:  2prop, support
2
:  a thin firm strip (as of steel or plastic) used to stiffen a garment (as a corset) or part of a garment (as a shirt collar)

5stay

verb
stayedstaying

Definition of STAY for Kids

:  to hold up <Supports stayed the sign.>

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