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stays

verb (1)
present tense third-person singular of stay

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(Entry 1 of 4)

1 to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time
  • let's 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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4 to reside as a temporary guest
  • let's stay at a quaint inn rather than at some generic motel

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stays

verb (2)
present tense third-person singular of stay

Synonyms of stays (Entry 2 of 4)

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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stays

noun (1)
plural of 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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stays

noun (2)
plural of stay

Synonyms of stays (Entry 4 of 4)

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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“Stays.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stays. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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