Stay

(transitive) To prop; support; sustain; hold up; steady. (transitive) To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time. (transitive) To stop; detain; keep back; delay; hinder. (transitive) To restrain; withhold; check; stop. (transitive) To cause to cease; to put an end to. (transitive) To put off; defer; postpone; delay; keep back. (transitive) To hold the attention of. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): (transitive, obsolete) To bear up under; to endure; to hold out against; to resist. (transitive, obsolete) To wait for; await. (transitive, obsolete) To remain for the purpose of; to stay to take part in or be present at (a meal, ceremony etc.). (intransitive, obsolete) To rest; depend; rely. (intransitive, obsolete) To stop; come to a stand or standstill. (intransitive, archaic) To come to an end; cease. (intransitive, archaic) To dwell; linger; tarry; wait. (intransitive, dated) To make a stand; to stand firm. (intransitive) To hold out, as in a race or contest; last or persevere to the end. (intransitive) To remain in a particular place, especially for a definite or short period of time; sojourn; abide. (intransitive, obsolete) To wait; rest in patience or expectation. (intransitive, obsolete, used with on or upon) To wait as an attendant; give ceremonious or submissive attendance. (intransitive, copulative) To continue to have a particular quality. (intransitive, Scotland, South Africa, India, Southern US, African-American Vernacular, colloquial) To live; reside. Continuance or a period of time spent in a place; abode for an indefinite time; sojourn. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment. (archaic) A stop; a halt; a break or cessation of action, motion, or progress. A fixed state; fixedness; stability; permanence. (nautical) A station or fixed anchorage for vessels. Restraint of passion; prudence; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. (obsolete) Hindrance; let; check. A prop; a support. A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing. (in the plural) A corset. (archaic) A fastening for a garment; a hook; a clasp; anything to hang another thing on. (nautical) A strong rope or wire supporting a mast, and leading from one masthead down to some other, or other part of the vessel. A guy, rope, or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole, the mast of a derrick, or other structural element. The transverse piece in a chain-cable link. To brace or support with a stay or stays (transitive, nautical) To incline forward, aft, or to one side by means of stays. (transitive, nautical) To tack; put on the other tack. (intransitive, nautical) To change; tack; go about; be in stays, as a ship. (Britain dialectal) Steep; ascending. (Britain dialectal) (of a roof) Steeply pitched. (Britain dialectal) Difficult to negotiate; not easy to access; sheer. (Britain dialectal) Stiff; upright; unbending; reserved; haughty; proud. (Britain dialectal) Steeply.