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English definition of “stay”

stay

verb [I] (NOT LEAVE)   /steɪ/
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).
(Definition of stay verb (NOT LEAVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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