the state of inactivity following an interruption
the negotiations were in arrest; held them in check; during the halt he got some lunch; the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow; he spent the entire stop in his seat
stay the same; remain in a certain state
The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it; rest assured; stay alone; He remained unmoved by her tears; The bad weather continued for another week
stop or halt
Please stay the bloodshed!
overcome or allay
quell my hunger
stay put (in a certain place)
We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati; Stay put in the corner here!; Stick around and you will learn something!
hang on during a trial of endurance
ride out the storm
You can stay with me while you are in town; stay a bit longer--the day is still young
continue in a place, position, or situation
After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser; Stay with me, please; despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year; She continued as deputy mayor for another year
The smell stayed in the room; The hostility remained long after they made up