Textual thesaurus for "stay"

(noun) arrest, stop, stoppage, check, halt, hitch

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

(verb) remain, rest

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

(verb) delay, detain

stop or halt

Please stay the bloodshed!

(verb) quell, appease

overcome or allay

quell my hunger

(verb) stick, stick around, stay put

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!

(verb) last out, outride, ride out

hang on during a trial of endurance

ride out the storm

(verb) abide, bide


You can stay with me while you are in town; stay a bit longer--the day is still young

(verb) remain, stay on, continue

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

(verb) remain, persist

stay behind

The smell stayed in the room; The hostility remained long after they made up