stay

stay vb 1 Stay, remain, wait, abide, tarry, linger can mean to continue to be in one place for a noticeable time.
Stay, the most general of these terms, stresses continuance in a place or sometimes in a specified condition; it often specifically connotes the status of visitor or guest
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they could not decide whether to stay or to go

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they went for tea and stayed for dinner

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staying a while at the Joneses, he could quietly insinuate . . . hilarious things about the Joneses when he weekended with the Browns— Theodore Sturgeon

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Remain is often used interchangeably with stay but distinctively means to stay behind or to be left after others have gone
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few remained in the building after the alarm was given

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a little verse my all that shall remainGray

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she remembered her decision to send the young people of the village into the woods. There would have been many more casualties had they remainedLinklater

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Wait implies a staying in expectation or in readiness
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at his request no one waited for him at the pier

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the taxi waited while they were shopping

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the lights in the window had a leering, waiting look, like that on the faces of old pimps who sit in the cafés— Gibbons

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Abide implies prolonged staying or remaining after at length and usually connotes either stable residence or patient waiting for an outcome
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she hated the change; she felt like one banished; but here she was forced to abideHardy

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Tarry implies staying when it is time to depart or to proceed
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do not tarry if you wish to catch the noon train

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some children like to tarry on the way to school

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the celebrated trade winds . . . ceased to blow, and over the island a horrid stillness tarriedStafford

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Linger, like tarry, usually implies outstaying one's appointed or allotted time; frequently, however, it also implies either deliberate delay or disinclination to depart
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strange, that now she was released she should linger by him— Meredith

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she shouldn't have come to the hotel suite. She shouldn't have lingered— this was fatal—after the others had left— Wouk

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after the guests had tarried long over their tea and had done with their jokes, the woman still lingeredBuck

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Analogous words: *delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter: *arrest, check, interrupt: *continue, persist
2 sojourn, lodge, put up, stop, *reside, live, dwell
3 *defer, postpone, suspend, intermit
Analogous words: *delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain: *restrain, check, curb: *hinder, obstruct, impede
stay vb *base, found, ground, bottom, rest

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