stay Definition

  • 1to remain in a particular place or position
  • 2to reside temporarily in a place
  • 3to stop or prevent something from happening

Using stay: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stay" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I will stay at home tonight.

  • Example

    She stayed with her aunt for a week.

  • Example

    The medicine helped to stay the spread of the disease.

stay Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for stay

Phrases with stay

  • to remain in one place and not move


    Stay put until I come back.

  • to continue doing something despite difficulties or opposition


    We need to stay the course and not give up.

  • to maintain contact with someone


    Let's stay in touch after you move away.

Origins of stay

from Old English 'stægan', meaning 'to ascend'


Summary: stay in Brief

The verb 'stay' [steɪ] means to remain in a place or position, to reside temporarily, or to stop or prevent something from happening. It is often used in phrases like 'stay put,' meaning to remain in one place, and 'stay in touch,' meaning to maintain contact with someone. 'Stay the course' means to continue doing something despite difficulties or opposition.

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