lengthy, long, prolonged
brief, short, temporary
three-week, week-long, etc.
comfortable, enjoyable, pleasant
hospital, hotel

In recent years the average hospital stay for elderly patients has decreased.


Did you enjoy your stay in Prague?

extend, prolong

She has extended her stay by three days.

during a/the stay

We did a lot of walking during our stay.

throughout a/the stay

It poured throughout their stay.

the duration of sb's stay, the length of sb's stay
behind, on

Alex stayed behind when the others had gone.

She failed her exam, and had to stay on at school for another year. (BrE)


My hat won't stay on!

at home, home (AmE), indoors

financial incentives for women to stay at home with their children

away, out
here, there

I'm staying late at the office tonight.


We can't stay here indefinitely.

allow sb to
can, manage to

I just couldn't stay away.

want to
choose to, decide to
be going to, intend to
let sb

Won't you let me stay?

ask sb to, beg sb to, plead with sb to
persuade sb to
at, in, on

We ended up staying for lunch.

till, until

I'm going to stay until tomorrow.


‘Stay with me!’ he pleaded.

a place to stay

He needs a place to stay.

a reason to stay

I had no more reason to stay in California.

stay and chat, help, etc.

I'd love to stay and chat but I must be going.

stay in one place

He never stays in one place for too long.

stay in place

The tax cuts will stay in place for two more years.

stay in touch

Email is a great way to stay in touch with friends.

stay on top

the battle to stay on top

I try to stay on top of musical trends.

stay the course

He insists that he will not quit but will stay the course.

stay the night (at sb's/with sb) (esp. BrE)

She stayed the night at Kathryn's.

stay this/that way

At the moment, it's all fine. Let's hope it stays that way!

Stay is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑dividend, ↑weather
Stay is used with these nouns as the object: ↑execution, ↑friend, ↑night

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