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verb [intransitive] stay pronunciation in British English /steɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestaying
past tensestayed
past participlestayed
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  1. 1
    to remain in a particular place

    Stay right here, please.

    stay at home:

    He wanted her to stay at home and look after the children.

    stay late:

    I have to stay late at work every Thursday.

  2. 2
    to remain in a particular situation or state

    Fast walking is a good way of staying fit.

    stay calm/cool/quiet:

    My number one rule is to stay calm under pressure.

    1. a.
      to remain at a particular level
      stay up/down:

      Interest rates should stay down for the next few months.

  3. 3
    to live or remain in a place for a while as a guest or visitor
    stay with:

    How long is he planning to stay with you?

    stay at:

    Jamie stayed at the hotel for three days.



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