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 underway
stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority.
the governor stayed the execution
Examples of stay in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the Web
In a confessional interview, a female participant cringes while reacting to the conditions of their stay.—Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 Travelers can also book specialty spa and barber services during their stay.—Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 19 Sep. 2023 Their stay was extended from six months to a year when the capsule developed a coolant leak while parked at the station.—Bradford Betz, Fox News, 17 Sep. 2023 Vande Hei’s stay was also longer than originally intended—when Russia sent two people to the ISS to film a movie, the additional space station traffic delayed Vande Hei’s departure, writes CNN.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 Burn patients typically spend eight days in hospitals, a stay that exceeds $24,000 in costs, according to the company.—Paul O'Donnell, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 They may also be offered an overnight stay at the golf club, according to one of the people familiar with the planning.—Stephanie Lai, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 The company revealed its 2025 lineup with three trips, including stays at two of its most famous on-screen destinations.—Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2023 During Cathy’s hospital stay, doctors conducted COVID-19 and RSV tests, both of which yielded negative results.—Sandra Rose Salathe, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023
Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: Skies may stay rather cloudy, although some peeks of stars seem a good bet.—Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 But others stayed, waiting for months in Dallas for the Kennedys to return.—Donie O'Sullivan, CNN, 23 Sep. 2023 Then In 2018, Jennifer Aniston stayed at the property while filming her comedy Murder Mystery.—David Chiu, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2023 The tradition started in the 1970s — shopkeepers would stay open later in the evening so locals wouldn't have to travel to Cape Cod to buy gifts.—Katrina Brown Hunt, Travel + Leisure, 22 Sep. 2023 Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images Many parks stayed open during a shutdown in 2018 and 2019, but with fewer visitor services, such as trash collection and access to restrooms.—Melissa Quinn, Kathryn Watson, Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2023 Seduced by the easy access to nature and relative affordability, many return for longer stays or even for good.—Jessica Battilana Richard Pedaline, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 The couple — who is not married and had previously vowed to stay celibate out of respect of Mary’s grandparents — broke tradition by trying for a baby.—Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 Read full article Get The Big To-Do Your guide to staying entertained, from live shows and outdoor fun to the newest in museums, movies, TV, books, dining, and more.—Chris Vognar, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English stæg; akin to Old Norse stag stay
Middle English, from Anglo-French estei-, estai-, stem of ester to stand, stay, from Latin stare — more at stand
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
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1