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verb     stay pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlestaying
past tensestayed
past participlestayed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] 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
    [intransitive] 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
    [intransitive] 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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] formal to stop something such as a court case from continuing

    The defence has filed a petition to stay proceedings.

    The court may stay execution pursuant to Order 37.

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