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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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