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English definition of “stay”

stay

verb  /steɪ/ us  

stay verb (NOT LEAVE)

[I] to not move away from or leave a place: I have a meeting at three so I can’t stay long. They need an assistant who is willing to stay for six months. Can you stay for dinner? James had to stay after school to complete the assignment. Because of the snow, he stayed home from school today. She’s come back home to stay (= She will not move away again).

stay verb (CONTINUE)

to continue to be in a particular state or position, or to continue doing something: [I always + adv/prep] Stay away from the edge of the cliff. [I always + adv/prep] His boss asked him to stay on as manager for another year. [I always + adv/prep] Mom told me not to stay out/up too late. [L] I found it difficult to stay awake/calm/warm. [L] The store stays open until 9 p.m. [L] They stayed friends, even after they moved to different countries. [L] For further news of the hurricane, stay tuned (= keep listening to this program).

stay verb (LIVE TEMPORARILY)

[I] to live in a place for a short time as a visitor, or just sleep there: We stayed in San Francisco for a few days before flying to Hawaii. I’ll be staying overnight at my sister’s house.
Idioms

stay

noun [C]  /steɪ/ us  
a period of time that you spend in a place: They plan a short stay at a motel while the house is being painted.
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