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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 of 1stay sojourn, stay, tarryWords Related to 1stay 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 of 1stay arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationWords Related to 1stay mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms of 1stay extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms of 1stay 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 of 2stay brace, buttress, mount, mounting, prop, reinforcement, shore, spur, stay, underpinningWords Related to 2stay 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 of 1stay abide, dwell, hang around, remain, stick around, tarry Words Related to 1stay await, hang on, hold on, wait; dally, dawdle, linger, loiter; outstay, overstay Near Antonyms of 1stay abscond, book [slang], decamp, escape, evacuate, flee, fly, get out, run away, scat, scram, skip; abandon, desert, forsake, vacate Antonyms of 1stay 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 of 1stay arrest, bring up, catch, check, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, stopWords Related to 1stay 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 of 1stay 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 of 1stay await, bide, hold on, stayWords Related to 1stay 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 of 1stay crash [slang], sojourn, stay, tarryWords Related to 1stay come by, come over, drop by, drop in, run in, step in, stop (by); frequent, hang (around or out), haunt; inhabit, occupyNear Antonyms of 1stay abide, dwell, live, reside

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

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 of 2stay bear, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, sustain, undergird, underpin, upholdWords Related to 2stay steady, truss, underlie

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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