- 1 [intransitive] to continue to be in a particular place for a period of time without moving away to stay in bed ‘Do you want a drink?’ ‘No, thanks, I can't stay.’ Stay there and don't move! We ended up staying for lunch. She stayed at home (= did not go out to work) while the children were young. I'm staying late at the office tonight. My hat won't stay on! Can you stay behind after the others have gone and help me clear up? I can stay a few minutes longer. We stayed to see what would happen. stay doing something They stayed talking until well into the night. In spoken English stay can be used with and plus another verb, instead of with to and the infinitive, to show purpose or to tell somebody what to doI'll stay and help you.Can you stay and keep an eye on the baby?
- 2 [intransitive] to continue to be in a particular state or situation synonym remain + adj. He never stays angry for long. I can't stay awake any longer. The store stays open until late on Thursdays. Stay tuned (= used to ask people to continue listening to or watching a particular programme on the radio or television). + adv./prep. I don't know why they stay together (= remain married or in a relationship). Inflation stayed below 4% last month. She did not want to stay in nursing all her life. The TV stays on all day in their house. + noun We promised to stay friends for ever.
- 3 [intransitive] to live in a place temporarily as a guest or visitor We found out we were staying in the same hotel. My sister's coming to stay next week. He's staying with friends this weekend. I stayed three nights at my cousin's house. In Indian, Scottish and South African English stay can mean ‘to live in a place permanently’Where do you stay (= where do you live)? Word Originverb late Middle English (as a verb): from Anglo-Norman French estai-, stem of Old French ester, from Latin stare
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BrE BrE//steɪ//; NAmE NAmE//steɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stay
BrE BrE//steɪ//; NAmE NAmE//steɪ//he / she / it stays
BrE BrE//steɪz//; NAmE NAmE//steɪz//past simple stayed
BrE BrE//steɪd//; NAmE NAmE//steɪd//past participle stayed
BrE BrE//steɪd//; NAmE NAmE//steɪd//-ing form staying
BrE BrE//ˈsteɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪɪŋ//