Definition of “stay” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /steɪ/
Extra Examples
Personally, I'd rather stay at home and watch TV.The child elected to stay with his mother.They offered me more money as an inducement to stay.In a reversal of traditional roles, Paul stayed at home to look after the baby and Clare went out to work.It's mighty tempting to stay in bed on a rainy morning.

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?

B1 to continue to be in a particular state:

The supermarket stays open late.
I was tired and couldn't stay awake.
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.
stay put informal

to continue to be in the same place:

He told me to stay put while he fetched the car.

(Definition of “stay verb” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)