stay (verb, noun) past tense: stayed LISTEN
If you stay somewhere, it means that you don’t move from that place.
- Stay there, I’ll find you.
It can also mean that you visit somewhere for a short time.
- We’re going to stay in a hotel.
- I’m staying with my aunt and uncle this weekend.
A stay is the period of time that you stay somewhere.
- We hope you enjoy your stay at the King’s Hotel.
If you stay, it can also mean that you don’t change something about yourself.
- I didn’t know what to say so I stayed quiet.
In pop culture
Do you know the song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith? It is about someone who does not want to be alone. Can you hear him say, “Won’t you stay with me, ’cause you’re all I need.” (‘Cause is a short form of because that we use in conversation.)
There are other meanings of stay.