- 1 [no object] Remain in the same place: you stay here and I’ll be back soon Jenny decided to stay at home with their young child he stayed with the firm as a consultantMore example sentences
- Maddie, at the last minute, decided to stay behind and finish some work on deadline.
- The gig was so successful the band decided to stay together, and since then Wards Xpress has released three albums.
- This year they've decided to stay in their village because it just isn't safe to leave their home and head for Baghdad.
- 1.1 (stay for/to) Delay leaving so as to join in (an activity): why not stay for lunch?More example sentences
- It is expected she will stay to join members for lunch.
- It comes for lunch, stays for dinner, and sleeps on your couch overnight.
- I stayed for lunch and then another mug of tea in the sun.
- 1.2 (stay down) (Of food) remain in the stomach, rather than be thrown up as vomit.More example sentences
- The first priority is finding food which will stay down.
- His body wouldn't obey him, and any food he ate never stayed down for very long.
- On the third day, some of the stuff stayed down as I sat in an easy chair, still hooked up to my IV-apparatus.
- 2 [no object] Remain in a specified state or position: her ability to stay calm tactics used to stay in power I managed to stay out of troubleMore example sentences
- How he manages to stay so calm and hold off his anger for so long is beyond me.
- At least he has managed to stay positive about things, and he has told us he will aim for the next World Cup.
- All the big powers have managed to stay at peace so I suppose it achieved something.
- 3 [no object] (Of a person) live somewhere temporarily as a visitor or guest: the girls had gone to stay with friends Minton invited him to stay the nightMore example sentences
- Call your house and tell them you're staying at a friend's house because you don't want to drive home and stay the night with me.
- I usually stayed in the guest room with Terry during those days.
- I'll pay for your round-trip ticket and you can stay in the guest room at my house.
- 3.1Scottish & South African Live permanently: where do you stay?More example sentences
- Although most of the inhabitants stay in shacks, they clearly take pride in their environment.
- 4 [with object] Stop, delay, or prevent (something), in particular suspend or postpone (judicial proceedings) or refrain from pressing (charges).More example sentences
postpone, put off, delay, defer, put back, hold over/off; adjourn, suspend, prorogue, put over, table, lay on the table, take a rain check on; Law continue• informal put on ice, put on the back burnerslow down/up, hold back/up, set back, keep back, put back, put a brake on, retard; hinder, hamper, obstruct, inhibit, impede, curb, check, restrain, restrict, arrest• informal throw a (monkey) wrench in the works of
- Does the English Court have Jurisdiction to stay the Part 20 Proceedings?
- A higher court stayed his acquittal and ordered him detained while the finding at trial was reconsidered.
- He subsequently applied to a judge of the Federal Court for an order staying the immigration inquiry pending the hearing of the judicial review.
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- 1A period of staying somewhere, in particular of living somewhere temporarily as a visitor or guest: an overnight stay at a luxury hotelMore example sentences
- It would involve at most an overnight stay in hospital, he explained.
- Sligo also has one of the lowest average lengths of stay in hospital in the country at five days.
- What are your recipes for being a good guest, for weekend or overnight stays?
- 2.1 Law A suspension or postponement of judicial proceedings: a stay of prosecutionMore example sentences
- I conclude that the trial judge erred in granting a stay of proceedings to each of the defendants.
- In my opinion, the application for a stay of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria should be dismissed.
- The defence cited several cases involving extremely serious charges in which the appellate courts have ordered stays of proceedings because of delay.
- 3.1 (stays) • historical A corset made of two pieces laced together and stiffened by strips of whalebone.More example sentences
- The favourite shaping material of stays was whalebone, cut into thin strips and sewn in a fan pattern to make the torso appear rounder.
- Products made from the animal were oil for lamps and candles whereas the bones were used for stays, corsets and collars.
- She ran as fast as her stays and petticoat would allow to that pond she could see so clearly in her mind.
be here (or have come) to stay
- • informal Be permanent or widely accepted: the Internet is here to stayMore example sentences
- So let us be mature, and accept that globalisation is here to stay.
- Pay parking is a reality and like all the other charges which we have had to accept it is here to stay.
- It has been accepted and has come to stay as a necessary facility of life.
stay the course (or distance)
- Keep going strongly to the end of a race or contest.More example sentences
- Despite their age and torrential weather conditions, all but one of the cars have stayed the course.
- Khao Kheow played from the yellow tees is always a good test of golf but when the wind blows, only the extra strong contenders manage to stay the course.
- This is a big step up in distance but the trainer believes he will stay the course.
- Pursue a difficult task or activity to the end.More example sentences
- And I'm more determined than ever that Australia should stay the distance and finish the tasks for which we have taken responsibility.
- I envy her the clarity of vision and the determination to stay the course, as far as her garden is concerned.
- ‘Many concepts will fail, and staying the course will require leadership,’ they wrote.
a stay of execution
- A delay in carrying out a court order.More example sentences
- In April 2002, the Supreme Court granted him a stay of execution 36 hours before he was due to be killed.
- A stay of execution may be granted but even then the defendant will have to persuade the court that there is a good reason why the claimant should not be paid.
- On 12 th July, 2004, the appellant was granted permission to appeal and a stay of execution.
- (Of a person or object) remain somewhere without moving or being moved.More example sentences
- Another car gets through the lights behind them, but the remaining traffic stays put, having moved all of 5 metres forward.
- Because of these costs, most homeowners would choose to stay put rather than move.
- He thinks about pushing off from the door, but he's still unsure of what to do with himself once he moves, so he stays put.
- Continue to study, work, or be somewhere after others have left: 75 percent of sixteen-year-olds stay on in full-time educationMore example sentences
- He came to Umist to study business and stayed on for a masters degree at Manchester Business School.
- Mr Latham said graduates were often put off staying on for further study for fear of incurring greater student debts.
- Anyway, A-levels had to change because we have more people staying on to study them than ever before.
- (Of a guest or visitor) sleep somewhere, especially at someone’s home, for the night.More example sentences
- I stayed over on Saturday night, and we slept in the same bed.
- Whilst staying over for the night she said a number of incidents took place.
- This would be very regrettable as I'm sure the local shops and restaurants, particularly in the evening, benefit from some visitors staying over.
- Not go to bed: they stayed up all nightMore example sentences
- I was beyond tired, probably due to the fact that my mother had made me stay up all night waiting for Chris to get home.
- One lady blamed the library for her sleepless nights, claiming once she has borrowed a good book she stays up all night till she finishes it.
- He gets more leg spasms during the night so he stays up gaming to take his mind off the pain.
- 1Remain in the mind or memory of (someone): Gary’s words stayed with her all eveningMore example sentences
- Although he went on to serve in North Africa, it is the memory of Dunkirk which stays with him above all else.
- Those who go away never return, but their memory stays with us forever.
- When I was a camper in upstate New York, I experienced bullying and the memory of that has stayed with me always.
- 2Continue or persevere with (an activity or task): the incentive needed to stay with a healthy dietMore example sentences
- I think what helped us persevere and stay with it was that we kind of fell in love with our subjects.
- That being said, however, there are a few ways you can help condition your mind to stay with the task at hand.
- To avoid health problems, stay with balanced diets and fitness routines.
- 3(Of a competitor or player) keep up with (another) during a race or match.More example sentences
- Another concern is that Payton appeared to wear down with the Lakers in the postseason, and he had trouble staying with speedy opposing players.
- Both players should be aggressive staying with the player they have switched without retreating.
- Herndon had trouble staying with faster receivers and matching up with bigger ones.
- 1A large rope, wire, or rod used to support a ship’s mast, leading from the masthead to another mast or spar or down to the deck.More example sentences
- A few minutes later I was shinning up the mast to whip a flag halyard to the stays.
- The mast will not come down until something else has broken because as long as all the stays and such are in place, the mast will stay.
- 1.1A guy or rope supporting a flagpole or other upright pole.More example sentences
- The solid awning was supported by vertical stays.
- Britannia footbridge has been lifted into place and the cable stays are being fitted to support the bridge.
- The cable stays were then stressed to their final length.
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be in stays
- (Of a sailing ship) be head to the wind while tacking.More example sentences
- The flapping of the sails while the boat was in stays awoke my companion, who sat up and, in a weak and husky voice, asked me what was the matter.
- A boat that's heading dead into the wind is said to be in stays or in irons.
- At one stage we were in stays, in a wind shadow behind an islet.
Old English stæg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stag, from a base meaning 'be firm'.