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Definition of stay noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a period of staying; a visit I enjoyed my stay in Puerto Rico. an overnight stay
  2. 2a rope or wire that supports a ship's mast, a pole, etc. see also mainstay
  3. Idioms
    a stay of execution (law)
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    a legal order to delay the execution of a criminal to grant a stay of execution
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stay