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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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