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definition of the word stay

by the Wiktionnary

Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
ancient parts getting #675: stay months grew boys

From Middle French ester.

Infinitive
to stay

Third person singular
stays

Simple past
stayed

Past participle
stayed

Present participle
staying

to stay (third-person singular simple present stays, present participle staying, simple past and past participle stayed)

  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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