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stayverb

uk   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 (US usually stay 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 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.
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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. The children 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.
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staynoun

uk   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
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