- to spend some time in a place, in a situation, with a person or group, etc.: He stayed in the army for ten years.
- to continue to be as specified, as to condition or state: to stay clean.
- to hold out or endure, as in a contest or task (followed by with or at): Please stay with the project as long as you can.
- to keep up, as with a competitor (followed by with).
- Poker. to continue in a hand by matching an ante, bet, or raise.
- to stop or halt.
- to pause or wait, as for a moment, before proceeding or continuing; linger or tarry.
- Archaic. to cease or desist.
- Archaic. to stand firm.
- to stop or halt.
- to hold back, detain, or restrain, as from going further.
- to suspend or delay (actions, proceedings, etc.).
- to appease or satisfy temporarily the cravings of (the stomach, appetite, etc.).
- to remain through or during (a period of time): We stayed two days in San Francisco.
- to remain to the end of; remain beyond (usually followed by out).
- Archaic. to await.
- the act of stopping or being stopped.
- a stop, halt, or pause; a standstill.
- a sojourn or temporary residence: a week's stay in Miami.
- Law. a stoppage or arrest of action; suspension of a judicial proceeding: The governor granted a stay of execution.
- Informal. staying power; endurance.
- stay the course, to persevere; endure to completion.
Origin of stay1
- something used to support or steady a thing; prop; brace.
- a flat strip of steel, plastic, etc., used especially for stiffening corsets, collars, etc.
- a long rod running between opposite walls, heads or sides of a furnace, boiler, tank, or the like, to strengthen them against internal pressures.
- stays, Chiefly British. a corset.
- to support, prop, or hold up (sometimes followed by up).
- to sustain or strengthen mentally or spiritually.
- to rest on (something, as a foundation or base) for support.
- to cause something to become fixed or to rest on (a support, foundation, base, etc.)
Origin of stay2
- any of various strong ropes or wires for steadying masts, funnels, etc.
- to support or secure with a stay or stays: to stay a mast.
- to put (a ship) on the other tack.
- (of a ship) to change to the other tack.
- in stays, (of a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel) heading into the wind with sails shaking, as in coming about.
Origin of stay3
Related Words for stayedreside, settle, last, linger, hang, stop, delay, remain, continue, stand, live, suspend, detain, arrest, postpone, hold, reprieve, perch, hover, halt
Examples from the Web for stayed
Contemporary Examples of stayed
Mr. Bachner stayed because he realized the city is filled with artisans and the possibilities fascinated him.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
As we waited for my plane to come in, we stayed silent for a long time.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He stayed up all night, looking at the streets he had biked around as a kid with a whole new sensibility.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
She told me how he stayed home from work so he could play with his small son.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
A 1907 contract leases the plot of land to the Belgika corporation for five years, but it stayed for much longer.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of stayed
Then you could have stayed in the factory, and got your wages regularly every week.Brave and Bold
If only she could have stayed there with Mimi; but in the end she had to go back to the drawing-room.
After she had gone he kept on coming more than ever, and he stayed overnight.
But Allister slid out of his saddle and Dozier stayed in his.Way of the Lawless
He might have stayed his hand then, but for the gusty rage that swept him on to the crime.Within the Law
- (intr) to continue or remain in a certain place, position, etcto stay outside
- (copula) to continue to be; remainto stay awake
- (intr often foll by at) to reside temporarily, esp as a guestto stay at a hotel
- (tr) to remain for a specified periodto stay the weekend
- (intr) Scot and Southern African to reside permanently or habitually; live
- archaic to stop or cause to stop
- (intr) to wait, pause, or tarry
- (tr) to delay or hinder
- to discontinue or suspend (a judicial proceeding)
- to hold in abeyance or restrain from enforcing (an order, decree, etc)
- to endure (something testing or difficult, such as a race)a horse that stays the course
- (intr; usually foll by with) to keep pace (with a competitor in a race, etc)
- (intr) poker to raise one's stakes enough to stay in a round
- (tr) to hold back or restrainto stay one's anger
- (tr) to satisfy or appease (an appetite, etc) temporarily
- (tr) archaic to quell or suppress
- (intr) archaic to stand firm
- stay put See put (def. 18)
- the act of staying or sojourning in a place or the period during which one stays
- the act of stopping or restraining or state of being stopped, etc
- the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etcstay of execution
Word Origin for stay
- anything that supports or steadies, such as a prop or buttress
- a thin strip of metal, plastic, bone, etc, used to stiffen corsets, etc
- (often foll by up) to prop or hold
- (often foll by up) to comfort or sustain
- (foll by on or upon) to cause to rely or depend
Word Origin for stay
Word Origin for stay
Word Origin and History for stayed
"to remain," mid-15c., from Middle French estai-, stem of ester "to stay or stand," from Old French, from Latin stare "to stand" (cf. Italian stare, Spanish estar "to stand, to be"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally "come to a halt;" sense of "remain" is first recorded 1570s.
Noun senses of "appliance for stopping," "period of remaining in a place," and (judicial) "suspension of proceeding" all developed 1525-1550. Stay-at-home (adj.) is from 1806. Stay put is first recorded 1843, American English. "To stay put is to keep still, remain in order. A vulgar expression" [Bartlett]. Phrase stay the course is originally (1885) in reference to horses holding out till the end of a race.
"support, prop, brace," 1510s, from Middle French estaie "piece of wood used as a support," perhaps from Frankish *staka "support," from Proto-Germanic *stagaz (cf. Middle Dutch stake "stick," Old English steli "steel" stæg "rope used to support a mast"), from PIE *stak- (see stay (n.2)). If not, then from the root of stay (v.). Stays "laced underbodice" is attested from c.1600.
"strong rope which supports a ship's mast," from Old English stæg, from Proto-Germanic *stagan (cf. Dutch stag, Low German stach, German Stag, Old Norse stag), from PIE *stak-, ultimately an extended form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The verb meaning "secure or steady with stays" is first recorded 1620s.
Idioms and Phrases with stayed
In addition to the idioms beginning with stay
- staying power
- stay over
- stay put
- stay the course
- stay with
- here to stay
- (stay) in touch
- (stay on one's) right side
- should have stood (stayed) in bed
- stick (stay) with