stay Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “stay” in the English Dictionary

"stay" in British English

See all translations

stayverb

uk   /steɪ/  us   /steɪ/
  • stay verb (NOT LEAVE)

A1 [I] to not move away from or leave a place or situation: They need an assistant who is willing to stay for six months. Stay until the rain has stopped. Can you stay after work to play tennis? Because of the snow, children were told to stay at home.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • stay verb (CONTINUE)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep, L] to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state: Stay away from the edge of the cliff. He 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • stay verb (LIVE)

A2 [I] to live or be in a place for a short time as a visitor: I stayed in Montreal for two weeks then flew home. They said they'd stay at/in a hotel. My kids usually stay with their grandparents for a week in the summer.
stay overnight (also stay the night)
to sleep somewhere for one night: We've arranged to stay overnight at my sister's house.
[I] Indian English or Scottish English to live somewhere permanently: I still stay with my parents.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

staynoun

uk   /steɪ/  us   /steɪ/
  • stay noun (VISIT)

B1 [C] a period of time that you spend in a place: She planned a short stay at/in a hotel to celebrate their anniversary.
stay of execution, deportation, etc. specialized
an order by a judge that stops a judgment being performed until new information can be considered
(Definition of stay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stay" in American English

See all translations

stayverb

 us   /steɪ/
  • 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

staynoun [C]

 us   /steɪ/
a period of time that you spend in a place: They plan a short stay at a motel while the house is being painted.
(Definition of stay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stay" in Business English

See all translations

stayverb [I]

uk   us   /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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of stay from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stay?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“stay” in Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More