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Etymology 1

From Middle French ester.

Verb

Infinitive
to stay

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to stay (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To remain in a particular place.
    We stayed in Hawaii for a week.
    I can only stay for an hour.
  2. (intransitive) To continue to have a particular quality.
    Wear gloves so your hands stay warm.
  3. (transitive) To postpone.
    The governor stayed the execution until the appeal could be heard.
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Etymology 2

Old English stæg.

Noun

Singular
stay

Plural
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stay ({{{1}}})
  1. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.
    The governor granted a stay of execution.
  2. A rope or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole or a mast, or other structural element.
    The engineer insisted on using stays for the scaffolding.
  3. A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing.
    Where are the stays for my collar?
  4. A period of time spent in a place.
    I hope you enjoyed your stay in Hawaii.
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