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English definition of “stay”

stay

verb [I usually + adv/prep, L] (CONTINUE)    /steɪ/
B1 to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state : Stay away from the edge of the cliff . He's decided not to stay in teaching / medicine /the army . The final figures showed that most departments had stayed within budget . It was so warm we stayed (out) in the garden until ten that night . Put a lid on the pan so the food will stay hot . The shops stay open until nine o' clock . They stayed friends after their divorce .Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed
(Definition of stay verb (CONTINUE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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