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"stay" in British English

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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 ​playtennis? Because of the ​snow, ​children were told to stay at ​home.

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  • stay verb (CONTINUE)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep, L] to ​continue doing something, or to ​continue to be in a ​particularstate: Stay away from the ​edge of the ​cliff. He ​decided not to stay inteaching/​medicine/the ​army. The ​finalfiguresshowed 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 ​theirdivorce.

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  • stay verb (LIVE)

A2 [I] to ​live or be in a ​place for a ​shorttime as a ​visitor: I stayed in Montreal for two ​weeks then ​flewhome. They said they'd stay at/in a ​hotel. My ​kids usually stay withtheirgrandparents for a ​week in the ​summer.
stay overnight (also stay the night)
to ​sleepsomewhere for one ​night: We've ​arranged to stay ​overnight at my sister's ​house.
[I] Indian English or Scottish English to ​livesomewherepermanently: I still stay with my ​parents.

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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 ​celebratetheiranniversary.
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

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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 ​particularstate or ​position, or to ​continue doing something: [I always + adv/prep] Stay away from the ​edge of the ​cliff. [I always + adv/prep] His ​bossasked 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 ​furthernews of the ​hurricane, stay ​tuned (= ​keeplistening to this ​program).
  • stay verb (LIVE TEMPORARILY)

[I] to ​live in a ​place for a ​shorttime 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.
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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

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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)
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