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1. To remain next to or in the company of someone or something, especially in custodial capacity. Stay with the kids while I go check us into the hotel. Who's staying with the dogs while you and John are away? The officer stayed with the young man until ambulance services arrived.
2. To remain in a romantic relationship with someone, especially when its survival had been doubtful. I can't believe he decided to stay with Margaret after he found out she'd been cheating on him. I knew I couldn't stay with someone who had such issues with anger and violence.
3. To stay overnight in someone else's house for some length of time. I'm staying with my dad while I'm back home. The kids will be staying with their grandparents in New York for a few weeks this summer.
4. To remain in one's memory or thoughts. Wow, what a performance. That will stay with me for a long time.
5. To continue or persist in doing, believing, or employing something. You should really stay with selling used cars, because your stand-up routine is terrible. I think we'll stay with our normal suppliers, but thanks for the offer.
6. To continue trying to do or achieve something, especially after initial failures, challenges, or setbacks. Often used an imperative, especially in the phrase "stay with it." If you really want to become a comic book artist, you have to stay with it! You can't just give up after your first rejection. I'm really glad I stayed with my exercise routine throughout my pregnancy.
stay with someone or something
to remain in the company of someone or something. Please stay with me for a little while. How long did you stay with the company?
1. Remain in one's mind or memory, as in That song has stayed with me all these years. [Late 1500s]
2. Keep up with; also, concentrate on, continue with. For example, The runner from Kenya stayed with Mark almost to the finish line, or She has an amazing talent for staying with a problem. [Late 1800s] Also see stick with.
1. To remain next to or in attendance of someone or something: Stay with the suitcases while I check the train schedule.
2. To remain or sojourn as someone's guest or lodger: I'm staying with my brother until I find an apartment.
3. To adhere to some plan; keep at something: I played piano for a couple of years, but I couldn't stay with it.
4. To match some competitor or perceived competitor: I tried to stay with the lead runner, but she was just too fast.
5. To remain in one's thoughts or memory: That poem has stayed with me since I first heard it.
stay with (one)
To remain in one's memory; not be forgotten: That kind of compliment stays with you for years.