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Stay

Stay appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Come, come,
    Stay calm, stay calm,
    No need for alarm,
    It only hums,
    It doesn't harm.
  • The Leith police dismisseth us
    They thought we sought to stay;
    The Leith police dismisseth us
    They thought we'd stay all day.
    The Leith police dismisseth us,
    We both sighed sighs apiece;
    And the sighs that we sighed as we said goodbye
    Were the size of the Leith police.
  • I'm a mother pheasant plucker,
    I pluck mother pheasants.
    I'm the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker,
    to ever pluck a mother pheasant. Actually, ...
    I'm Not the pheasant plucker,
    I'm the pheasant plucker's son.
    But I'll stay and pluck the pheasants
    Till the pheasant plucking 's done!

Stay appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Max, I stay away at six a.m.
  • Anne, I stay a day at Sienna.
  • Max, I stay alert in a cosy port, new as if I saw entropy, so can it relay at six A.M.?
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Usage statistics for the verb stay:

spoken English55.36%written English44.64% conversational speech65.39%task-oriented speech34.61%
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Stay is sometimes a misspelling of sound or stayed.

The word stay is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun stay

What does stay mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: stays

  1. continuing or remaining in a place or state
    • examples: they had a nice stay in Paris | a lengthy hospital stay | a four-month stay in bankruptcy court
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: act / deed / human action / human activity = something that people do or cause to happen
    • more specific words:
  2. the state of inactivity following an interruption
  3. a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    • example: the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: decree / edict / fiat / order / rescript = a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record
    • more specific term: stay of execution = an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time
  4. a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  5. (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
    • domain: navigation / sailing / seafaring
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: brace / bracing = a structural member used to stiffen a framework
    • more specific words:
      • backstay = a stay that supports the back of something
      • forestay = an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit

Alternative definition of the noun stay

noun

  1. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.
  2. A period of time spent in a place.
  3. A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing.
  4. A rope or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole or a mast, or other structural element.

Definition of the verb stay

What does stay mean as a doing word?

Stay is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: stayed / staid (rare form) | staying | stays

  1. stay the same; remain in a certain state
  2. stay put (in a certain place)
    • examples: We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati | Stay put in the corner here!
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of stay: stay put / stick / stick around
    • antonym of stay: move
    • more generic term: stay in place = be stationary
  3. dwell
  4. continue in a place, position, or situation
    • examples: After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser | Stay with me, please
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of stay: continue / remain / stay on
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  5. remain behind
    • example: I had to stay at home and watch the children
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • antonym: depart
  6. stop or halt
    • example: Please stay the bloodshed!
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of stay: delay / detain
    • more generic words: check / delay / retard = slow the growth or development of
  7. stay behind
    • example: The smell stayed in the room
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of stay: persist / remain
    • more specific words:
      • stick = endure
      • linger = remain present although waning or gradually dying
  8. hang on during a trial of endurance
  9. stop a judicial process
    • example: The judge stayed the execution order
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: block / halt / kibosh / stop = stop from happening or developing
  10. fasten with stays
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: fasten / fix / secure = cause to be firmly attached
  11. overcome or allay

Alternative definition of the verb stay

verb

  1. [intransitive] To remain in a particular place.
  2. [intransitive] To continue to have a particular quality.
  3. [transitive] To postpone.

Specialised definition of the verb stay

Glossary of justice

to halt proceedings, apart from taking any steps allowed by the Rules or the terms of the stay

  • note: Proceedings may be continued if a stay is lifted.

Phrases with Stay

Phrases starting with the word Stay:

  1. stay at
  2. Stay in
  3. stay on
  4. stay up
  5. stay off
  6. stay put
  7. stay away
  8. stay over
  9. stay fresh
  10. Stay Tuned
  11. Stay Behind
  12. Stay-Button
  13. stay-at-home
  14. stay in place
  15. stay together
  16. Stay the Night
  17. Stay the course

Phrases ending with the word Stay:

  1. Triatic Stay
  2. Gay For the Stay

Other phrase containing the word Stay:

  1. to stay put

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stay

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations Title 46, Shipping Parts 41-69, Revised as of October 1, 2009 (2010)

by Office of the Federal Register

A sling stay is a flexible stay consisting of a solid bar having one or both ends forged for a pin connection to a crowfoot or other structural fitting secured to the stayed plate. (See Figure 52.01-3(e).) (8) Crowfoot. A crowfoot is a forged fitting with ...

Google previewInternational Strabismological Association ISA 2002 (2003)

by Jan-Tjeerd de Faber

We hope your stay is an enjoyable one. You will find central Sydney is convenient to the...

We hope you can enjoy at least some of the things and your stay is a very pleasant one. We also hope you find new inspiration for your squint work ...

Google previewGERTRUDE STEIN Premium Collection: 60+ Poems, Tales & Plays in One Volume (2016)

Three Lives, Tender Buttons, Geography and Plays, Matisse, Picasso and Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans, The Psychology of Nations, Do Let Us Go Away… by Gertrude Stein

No way to stay is a way to go away. No way is a way. No way is a way. There is enough to sound the note and the little flute is there where there is no air and the blowing is strong and the blowing is long and the air is there where there is no air ...

Google previewGeography and Plays (1922)

by Gertrude Stein

No way to stay is a way to go away. No way is a way. No way is way. There is enough to sound the note and the little flute is there where there is no air and the blowing is strong and the blowing is long and the air is there Scenes 103.

Google previewHavanese (2006)

Everything about Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Behavior, and Training by Nikki Riggsbee, Michele Earle-Bridges

" Stay is a bit different. You are not asking the dog to do something. You are asking him to not do something, to not move. The trick is to progress in tiny increments.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1903)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

Where the judgment in the first action will dispose of the controversy in the second the court may stay proceedings in the second until the determination of the first.

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1865)

Stay. 1. ON., Da., Du., stag, ...

Google previewBachiesichang Dictionary of English Errors (2013)

by King Sulleyman D. Bachiesichang

stay (verb) it is used to suggest that something is in a standstill position or a person is living somewhere temporary. eg stay behind, stay a ...

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Usage statistics about stay

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb stay:

spoken English55.36%written English44.64% conversational speech65.39%task-oriented speech34.61% imaginative writing74.7%informational writing25.3%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stay:

hitchstoppagehaltstayarreststopcheck

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stay:

bidequellappeaseabidedetainpersistdelayreststickstayremaincontinue

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb stay and its most common antonyms:

movestay changestay departstay

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Video language resources about Stay

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View more videos about Stay in, Stay Up, stay put, Stay Away, Stay Alive, Stay awake, Stay Tuned, Triatic Stay, Stay Positive, Stay the Same, and Stay Together.

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Sign language

Stay on the High Road with Jesus Christ / American Sign Language

Quotes about Stay

I like to stay busy, I like to stay focused, and I like to stay creative. Without being creative I'd be dead. (Jeremy Renner)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1Y4

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of STAY

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