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English definition of “stay”

stay

verb
 
 
/steɪ/
NOT LEAVE [I] A1 to continue to be in a place, job, etc and not leave: The weather was bad so we stayed at home. Do you want to stay in teaching?Staying and remainingWaitingLiving or sleeping somewhere
IN A STATE [T] B1 to continue to be in a particular state: The supermarket stays open late. I was tired and couldn't stay awake.Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed
VISIT [I, T] A2 to spend a short period of time in a place: We stayed in a hotel. We're going to stay with my grandmother.Visiting
stay put informal to continue to be in the same place: He told me to stay put while he fetched the car.Staying and remainingWaiting
(Definition of stay verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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