Stay Stay (st[=a]), v. i. [[root]163. See {Stay} to hold up, prop.] 1. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still. [1913 Webster]

She would command the hasty sun to stay. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Stay, I command you; stay and hear me first. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I stay a little longer, as one stays To cover up the embers that still burn. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To continue in a state. [1913 Webster]

The flames augment, and stay At their full height, then languish to decay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To wait; to attend; to forbear to act. [1913 Webster]

I 'll tell thee all my whole device When I am in my coach, which stays for us. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The father can not stay any longer for the fortune. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. To dwell; to tarry; to linger. [1913 Webster]

I must stay a little on one action. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist. [1913 Webster]

I stay here on my bond. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon. --Isa. xxx. 12. [1913 Webster]

6. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Here my commission stays. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

8. (Naut.) To change tack, as a ship. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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