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English definition of “stay”

stay

verb [I]     /steɪ/
to not move away or leave: stay for 2 days/2 weeks/2 years, etc. They need an assistant who is willing to stay for six months.stay at work/home We stayed at work until 10 pm.stay in/on sth She will stay on the board after she steps down as CEO.stay here/there How long do you plan to stay here in Boston?
to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state: stay open/closed The shops stay open until 9 o' clock.stay in/on/at sth It is becoming too expensive for small dairy farms to stay in business.stay within sth Most departments had stayed within budget.
(Definition of stay verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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