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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STAYING

I shall be staying with Aunt Cornelia a few days after to-morrow.

She came several times, staying half an hour, an hour, two hours.

Austin had come down for Whitsuntide, and a lady was staying in the house.

She understood that Robin had been staying in Sidmouth for his health.

I told him that I was staying with the Indian Runi, his neighbour.

On that, the brute inquired with honeyed accents where they were staying.

"My business prevents me from staying at the hotel," Anthony explained.

She was in Pendleton, she wrote, staying comfortably in their home.

There was nothing they could gain by staying, he knew, now that Baumberger was out of it.

The Patriarch insisted on his staying to dinner, and Flora signalled 'Yes!'

WORD ORIGIN

"to remain," mid-15c., from Middle French estai-, stem of ester "to stay or stand," from Old French, from Latin stare "to stand" (cf. Italian stare, Spanish estar "to stand, to be"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally "come to a halt;" sense of "remain" is first recorded 1570s.

Noun senses of "appliance for stopping," "period of remaining in a place," and (judicial) "suspension of proceeding" all developed 1525-1550. Stay-at-home (adj.) is from 1806. Stay put is first recorded 1843, American English. "To stay put is to keep still, remain in order. A vulgar expression" [Bartlett]. Phrase stay the course is originally (1885) in reference to horses holding out till the end of a race.

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