Synonyms of stay


1. stay, act, deed, human action, human activity

usage: continuing or remaining in a place or state; "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"

2. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage, inaction, inactivity, inactiveness

usage: 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"

3. stay, decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript

usage: a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted; "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"

4. stay, strip, slip

usage: a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)

5. stay, brace, bracing

usage: (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar


1. stay, remain, rest, be

usage: 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"

2. stay, stick, stick around, stay put, stay in place

usage: 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!"

3. bide, abide, stay, stay, stay on, continue, remain

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

4. stay, stay on, continue, remain, be

usage: 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"

5. stay

usage: remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the children"

6. stay, detain, delay, check, retard, delay

usage: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"

7. persist, remain, stay

usage: stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"

8. last out, stay, ride out, outride

usage: hang on during a trial of endurance; "ride out the storm"

9. stay, stop, halt, block, kibosh

usage: stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order"

10. stay, fasten, fix, secure

usage: fasten with stays

11. quell, stay, appease, meet, satisfy, fill, fulfill, fulfil

usage: overcome or allay; "quell my hunger"

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