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1. To remain in or at some place. I stayed on in Dublin after my internship ended, and eventually settled down there permanently. You go on ahead—I think I'll stay on and see a bit more of the museum. Mom's staying on at the lodge to rest while we go on the hike.
2. To remain atop something. I was so dizzy after getting off the rollercoaster that I could barely stay on my feet. You need to slow down or the train won't be able to stay on the tracks.
3. To remain employed at or involved in an organization. I had intended to leave after my first child was born, but I stayed on when they offered to increase my salary. I stayed on at the company as a director, though I don't have much input in their day-to-day operations.
4. To continue using, utilizing, or engaging in some activity of substance. I hope he stays on his medication, otherwise he's never going to recover fully. I've been trying to stay on my diet while we're on vacation, but there is so much delicious food here that I'm not supposed to eat!
stay on (some place)
to remain at a place longer than had been planned. I stayed on in Paris for nearly two years. Mary liked it there and decided to stay on.
stay on something
1. to remain on something, such as a horse, road, stool, etc. The first time I rode, I could hardly stay on the horse. It was so slippery that I had trouble staying on the road.
2. to continue to pursue something. I will stay on this problem until it is settled. she stayed on the matter for weeks until it had been dealt with.
(after someone or something) Go to linger on (after someone or something).
(one's) guard (against someone or something) Go to on (one's) guard (against someone or something).
1. To remain in a place as a visitor or resident: After the convention in London finished, I stayed on for a few days to see the sights. He stayed on in Germany after the war.
2. To continue working for an organization: She resigned her position but stayed on as an adviser.
3. To continue a course of study at a university: I stayed on to get my PhD.