1 remain, stop, continue, tarry, wait, stand, Colloq freeze:
Stay where you are or I'll shoot!
2 remain, stop, lodge, sojourn, abide, reside, dwell, live, visit:
I heard that Sheila was back in town, staying at her aunt's.
3 keep, remain, continue to be:
I was having trouble staying awake.
4 stop, arrest, thwart, prevent, put an end to, halt, interrupt, block, check; curb, retard, slow, impede, foil, obstruct, hamper, hinder, discourage, deter; delay, postpone, put off, discontinue, defer, Technical prorogue:
Only one man has the authority to stay the execution. What can be done to stay the advance of the killer bees?
5 linger, loiter, wait, tarry, stop, remain, Archaic bide:
I like this part of the world and plan to stay here a while.
6 stop, stoppage, arrest, set-back, check, halt, prevention, discontinuance, discontinuation, interruption, blockage, delay, postponement, deferment, deferral, reprieve:
Have you been able to arrange a stay in carrying out the sentence?
7 stopover, sojourn, visit, stop:
We really enjoyed our stay at Fred's house in Fort Lauderdale.
1 guy, line, rope, cable, chain, support, brace, reinforcement; Technical head-stay, (running) backstay, forestay, mainstay, mizen-stay:
If one of those stays gives way, the entire structure may fall.
2 support, strengthen, secure, reinforce, brace, buttress, gird, shore (up):
The mast is stayed by two steel cables, fore and aft.
lengthy, long, prolonged | brief, overnight, short, temporary | indefinite | 3-week, 3-weeks', week-long, etc. | comfortable, enjoyable, pleasant | hospital
In recent years the average hospital stay for elderly patients has decreased.
VERB + STAY
Did you enjoy your stay in Prague?
| shorten | extend, prolong
She has extended her stay by three days.
during a/the ~
We did a lot of walking during our stay.
| throughout a/the ~
It poured with rain throughout their stay.
the duration/length of (your) stay
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