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stay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stay

  1. 1 a temporary residing as another's guest <my mother-in-law is coming for a brief stay next week> Synonyms sojourn, stay, tarryRelated Words field trip, homestay, sleepover; layover, stop, stopover

  2. 2 the stopping of a process or activity <we must work without stay if we are ever to reach our goal of equal rights for everyone> Synonyms arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationRelated Words mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms continuance, continuation




stay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stay

  1. a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else <a free press is one of the principal stays of a democratic society> Synonyms brace, buttress, mount, mounting, prop, reinforcement, shore, spur, stay, underpinningRelated Words shoring; column, pedestal, pilaster, pillar; arch, bolster, bracket, cantilever, girder; bearing; crutch, peg, post, stake, stanchion, stand, stilt, strut, truss; base, foundation, frame




stay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of stay

  1. 1 to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time <let's stay inside this pavilion until it stops raining> Synonyms abide, dwell, hang around, remain, stick around, tarry Related Words await, hang on, hold on, wait; dally, dawdle, linger, loiter; outstay, overstay Near Antonyms abscond, book [slang], decamp, escape, evacuate, flee, fly, get out, run away, scat, scram, skip; abandon, desert, forsake, vacate Antonyms bail, bail out, bug out, buzz (off), clear off [chiefly British], clear out, cut out, depart, exit, get off, go, go off, leave, move, pack (up or off), peel off, pike (out or off), pull out, push off, push on, quit, shove (off), take off, vamoose, walk out

  2. 2 to bring (something) to a standstill <stay the trial until this new evidence has been processed> Synonyms arrest, bring up, catch, check, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, stopRelated Words baffle, balk, block, blockade, bottleneck, clog, dam, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, obstruct, snag, stem; conclude, cut off, end, terminate; call, discontinue, suspend; choke off, rein (in), repress, squash, squelch, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn backNear Antonyms carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep (on), keep up, persist, run on; advance, fare, go along, march, move, proceed, progress, wend; actuate, budge, drive, goad, impel, propel, push, spur, stir

  3. 3 to remain in place in readiness or expectation of something <we'll stay for a while longer and see if anyone shows up> Synonyms await, bide, hold on, stayRelated Words hang around, linger, remain, stick around, tarry; stand by; anticipate, expect, watch (for)

  4. 4 to reside as a temporary guest <let's stay at a quaint inn rather than at some generic motel> Synonyms crash [slang], sojourn, stay, tarryRelated Words come by, come over, drop by, drop in, run in, step in, stop (by); frequent, hang (around or out), haunt; inhabit, occupyNear Antonyms abide, dwell, live, reside




stay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of stay

  1. to hold up or serve as a foundation for <beams being used to stay the bridge while it is undergoing repairs> Synonyms bear, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, sustain, undergird, underpin, upholdRelated Words steady, truss, underlie





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