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stay

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1 a temporary residing as another's guest

  • my mother-in-law is coming for a brief stay next week
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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
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stay

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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
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stay

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1 to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time

  • letʼs stay inside this pavilion until it stops raining
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3 to remain in place in readiness or expectation of something

  • we'll stay for a while longer and see if anyone shows up
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Phrases Synonymous with stay

bide oneʼs time, cool one's heels, hold one's breath, sit tight

4 to reside as a temporary guest

  • letʼs stay at a quaint inn rather than at some generic motel
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crash [slang], sojourn, tarry, visit

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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 underway
stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority.
    • the governor stayed the execution

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stay

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to hold up or serve as a foundation for

  • beams being used to stay the bridge while it is undergoing repairs
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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 underway
stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority.
    • the governor stayed the execution


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