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stay

play
noun \ˈstā\

Definition of stay

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

  2. 2 :  1guy

Origin and Etymology of stay

Middle English, from Old English stæg; akin to Old Norse stag stay


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to secure upright with or as if with stays

  3. 2 :  to incline (a mast) forward, aft, or to one side by the stays

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to go about :  tack

1627

First Known Use of stay

1627


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

stayed

play \ˈstād\ also

staid

play \ˈstād\;

staying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stop going forward :  pause

  3. 2 :  to stop doing something :  cease

  4. 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

  5. 4 :  to stand firm

  6. 5 :  to take up residence :  lodge

  7. 6 :  to keep even in a contest or rivalry stay with the leaders

  8. 7 :  to call a poker bet without raising

  9. 8 obsolete :  to be in waiting or attendance

  10. transitive verb
  11. 1 :  to wait for :  await

  12. 2 :  to stick or remain with (as a race or trial of endurance) to the end —usually used in the phrase stay the course

  13. 3 :  to remain during stayed the whole time

  14. 4a :  to stop or delay the proceeding or advance of by or as if by interposing an obstacle :  haltb :  to check the course of (as a disease)c :  allay, pacify stayed tempersd :  to quiet the hunger of temporarily

Origin and Etymology 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.

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stay

noun

Definition of stay

  1. 1a :  the action of halting :  the state of being stoppedb :  a stopping or suspension of procedure or execution by judicial or executive order

  2. 2 obsolete :  self-control, moderation

  3. 3 :  a residence or sojourn in a place

  4. 4 :  capacity for endurance

1536

First Known Use of stay

1536


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stay

noun

Definition of stay

  1. 1 :  one that serves as a prop :  support

  2. 2 :  a thin firm strip (as of plastic) used for stiffening a garment or part (as a shirt collar)

  3. 3 :  a corset stiffened with bones —usually used in plural

Origin and Etymology of stay

Middle English, from Medieval 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


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide physical or moral support for :  sustain

  3. 2 :  to fix on something as a foundation

1548

First Known Use of stay

1548


STAY Defined for Kids

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stay

play
verb \ˈstā\

Definition of stay for Students

stayed

;

staying

  1. 1 :  to remain after others have gone She stayed after the party to help.

  2. 2 :  to continue unchanged We stayed friends for many years.

  3. 3 :  to stop going forward :  pause He instructed the dog to stay.

  4. 4 :  to live for a while I'm staying with friends. We will stay at the shore for the summer.

  5. 5 :  to put a stop to :  halt The governor stayed the execution.


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stay

play
noun

Definition of stay for Students

  1. 1 :  a period of living in a place Our stay in the country was too short.

  2. 2 :  the action of bringing to a stop :  the state of being stopped a stay of the execution


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stay

play
noun

Definition of stay for Students

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


4

stay

play
noun

Definition of stay for Students

  1. 1 :  2prop, support

  2. 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)


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stay

play
verb

Definition of stay for Students

stayed

;

staying

  1. :  to hold up Supports stayed the sign.


Law Dictionary

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stay

transitive verb

Legal Definition of stay

stayed

staying

  1. :  to temporarily suspend or prevent by judicial or executive order may not grant an injunction to stay proceedings in a State court — U.S. Code


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stay

noun

Legal Definition of stay

  1. :  a temporary suspension or injunction of an action or process by a usually discretionary judicial or executive order a stay of execution of the judgment stay of a lower court's judgment pending certiorari — W. J. Brennan, Jr. — see also automatic stay — compare cease-and-desist order at order 3b, mandamus, supersedeas



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