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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystay back
he/she/itstays back
present participlestaying back
past tensestayed back
past participlestayed back
  1. 1
    same as stay1

    I stayed back and let the others go home.

  2. 2
    to not move forwards, or to not move towards something, usually something dangerous or unpleasant

    I warned them to stay back.

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