The difference between Go and Stay

When used as nouns, go means the act of going, whereas stay means continuance or a period of time spent in a place.

When used as verbs, go means to move through space (especially to or through a place), whereas stay means to prop.

Stay is also adverb with the meaning: steeply.

Stay is also adjective with the meaning: steep.

check bellow for the other definitions of Go and Stay

  1. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To move: To move through space (especially to or through a place). To move or travel through time (either literally—in a fictional or hypothetical situation in which time travel is possible—or in one's mind or knowledge of the historical record). To navigate (to a file or folder on a computer, a site on the internet, a memory, etc). To move (a particular distance, or in a particular fashion). To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving. To leave; to move away. To walk; to travel on one's feet.


    "Why don’t you go with us? This train goes through Cincinnati on its way to Chicago. Chris, where are you going? There's no public transit where I'm going. Wow, look at him go!"

    "Yesterday was the second-wettest day on record; you have to go all the way back to 1896 to find a day when more rain fell."

    "Fans want to see the Twelfth Doctor go to the 51st century to visit River in the library."

    "We've only gone twenty miles today. This car can go circles around that one."

    "We went swimming. Let's go shopping."

    "Please don't go! I really must be going. Workmen were coming and going at all hours of the night."

  2. Go as a verb (intransitive, chiefly, of a, machine):

    To work or function (properly); to move or perform (as required).


    "The engine just won't go anymore."

  3. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To start; to begin (an action or process).


    "Get ready, get set, go! [[on your marks, get set, go On your marks, get set, go]]! [[on your marks On your marks]], set, go!"

    "Here goes nothing. Let's go and hunt."

  4. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To take a turn, especially in a game.


    "It’s your turn; go."

  5. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To attend.


    "I go to school at the schoolhouse. She went to Yale. They only go to church on Christmas."

  6. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To proceed: To proceed (often in a specified manner, indicating the perceived quality of an event or state). To proceed (especially to do something foolish).


    "That went well. "How are things going?" "Not bad, thanks."

    "Why'd you have to go and do that?"

    "Why'd you have to go do that?"

    "He just went and punched the guy. "

  7. Go as a verb:

    To follow or travel along (a path): To follow or proceed according to (a course or path). To travel or pass along.


    "Let's go this way for a while."

    "She was going that way anyway, so she offered to show him where it was."

  8. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To extend (from one point in time or space to another).


    "This property goes all the way to the state line."

  9. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To lead (to a place); to give access to.


    "Does this road go to Fort Smith?"

  10. Go as a verb (copula):

    To become.


    "You'll go blind. I went crazy / went mad. After failing as a criminal, he decided to go straight."

  11. Go as a verb:

    To assume the obligation or function of; to be, to serve as.

  12. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To continuously or habitually be in a state.


    "I don't want my children to go hungry. We went barefoot in the summer."

  13. Go as a verb:

    To come to (a certain condition or state).


    "they went into debt'', ''she goes to sleep around 10 o'clock'', ''the local shop wants to go digital, and eventually go global"

  14. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To change (from one value to another) in the meaning of wend.


    " The traffic light went straight from green to red."

  15. Go as a verb:

    To turn out, to result; to come to (a certain result).


    "How did your meeting with Smith go?"

  16. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To tend (toward a result).


    "Well, that goes to show you. These experiences go to make us stronger."

  17. Go as a verb:

    To contribute to a (specified) end product or result.


    "qualities that go to make a lady / lip-reader / sharpshooter"

  18. Go as a verb (intransitive, of time):

    To pass, to be used up: To elapse, to pass; to slip away. To end or disappear. To be spent or used up.


    "The time went slowly."

    "After three days, my headache finally went."

    "His money went on drink."

  19. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To die.

  20. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To be discarded.


    "This chair has got to go."

  21. Go as a verb (intransitive, cricket):

    To be lost or out: To be lost. To be out.

  22. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To break down or apart: To collapse or give way, to break apart. To break down or decay.


    "This meat is starting to go off. My mind is going. She's 83; her eyesight is starting to go."

  23. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To be sold.


    "Everything must go. The car went for five thousand dollars."

  24. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To be given, especially to be assigned or allotted.


    "The property shall go to my wife. The award went to Steven Spielberg."

  25. Go as a verb (transitive, intransitive):

    To survive or get by; to last or persist for a stated length of time.


    "How long can you go without water? We've gone without your help for a while now. I've gone ten days now without a cigarette. Can you two go twenty minutes without arguing?!"

  26. Go as a verb (transitive, sports):

    To have a certain record.


    "They've gone one for three in this series. The team is going five in a row."

  27. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To be authoritative, accepted, or valid: To have (final) authority; to be authoritative. To be accepted. To be valid.


    "Whatever the boss says goes, do you understand?"

    "Anything goes around here."

  28. Go as a verb (transitive, slang):

    To say (something), to make a sound: To say (something, aloud or to oneself). To make the (specified) sound. To sound; to make a noise.


    "I go, "As if!" And she was all like, "Whatever!"

    "As soon as I did it, I went "that was stupid."

    "Cats go "meow". Motorcycles go "vroom"."

    "I woke up just before the clock went."

  29. Go as a verb:

    To be expressed or composed (a certain way).


    "The tune goes like this. As the story goes, he got the idea for the song while sitting in traffic."

  30. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To resort (to).


    "I'll go to court if I have to."

  31. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To apply or subject oneself to: To apply oneself; to undertake; to have as one's goal or intention. To make an effort, to subject oneself (to something). To work (through or over), especially mentally.


    "I'm going to join a sports team.'' ''I wish you'd go and get a job.'' ''He went to pick it up, but it rolled out of reach."

    "He's going to leave town tomorrow''."

    "You didn't have to go to such trouble. I never thought he'd go so far as to call you. She went to great expense to help them win."

    "I've gone over this a hundred times. Let's not go into that right now."

  32. Go as a verb (intransitive, often followed by a preposition):

    To fit (in a place, or together with something): To fit. To be compatible, especially of colors or food and drink. To belong (somewhere).


    "Do you think the sofa will go through the door? The belt just barely went around his waist."

    "This shade of red doesn't go with the drapes. White wine goes better with fish than red wine."

    "My shirts go on this side of the wardrobe. This piece of the jigsaw goes on the other side."

  33. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To date.


    "How long having they been going together? He's been going with her for two weeks."

  34. Go as a verb (intransitive):

    To attack: To fight or attack. To attack.


    "I went at him with a knife."

  35. Go as a verb:

    To be in general; to be usually.


    "As sentences go, this one is pretty boring."

  36. Go as a verb (transitive):

    To take (a particular part or share); to participate in to the extent of.


    "Let's go halves on this."

  37. Go as a verb (transitive):

    To yield or weigh.


    "Those babies go five tons apiece."

  38. Go as a verb (transitive, intransitive):

    To offer, bid or bet an amount; to pay.


    "That's as high as I can go. We could go two fifty."

    "I'll go a ten-spot. I'll go you a shilling."

  39. Go as a verb (transitive, colloquial):

    To enjoy.


    "I could go a beer right about now."

  40. Go as a verb (intransitive, colloquial):

    To urinate or defecate.


    "I really need to go. Have you managed to go today, Mrs. Miggins?"

  1. Go as a noun (uncommon):

    The act of going.

  2. Go as a noun:

    A turn at something, or in something (e.g. a game).


    "You’ve been on that pinball machine long enough—now let your brother have a go."

    "It’s your go."

  3. Go as a noun:

    An attempt, a try.


    "I’ll give it a go."

  4. Go as a noun:

    An approval or permission to do something, or that which has been approved.


    "We will begin as soon as the boss says it's a go."

  5. Go as a noun:

    An act; the working or operation.

  6. Go as a noun (slang, dated):

    A circumstance or occurrence; an incident.

  7. Go as a noun (dated):

    The fashion or mode.


    "quite the go"

  8. Go as a noun (dated):

    Noisy merriment.


    "a high go"

  9. Go as a noun (slang, archaic):

    A glass of spirits; a quantity of spirits.

  10. Go as a noun:

    Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance.


    "There is no go in him."

  11. Go as a noun (cribbage):

    The situation where a player cannot play a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.

  12. Go as a noun:

    A period of activity.


    "ate it all in one go"

  13. Go as a noun (obsolete, British slang):

    A dandy; a fashionable person.

  1. Go as a noun (board game):

    A strategic board game, originally from China, in which two players (black and white) attempt to control the largest area of the board with their counters.

  1. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To prop; support; sustain; hold up; steady.

  2. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.

  3. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To stop; detain; keep back; delay; hinder.

  4. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To restrain; withhold; check; stop.

  5. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To cause to cease; to put an end to.

  6. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To put off; defer; postpone; delay; keep back.


    "The governor stayed the execution until the appeal could be heard."

  7. Stay as a verb (transitive):

    To hold the attention of.

  8. Stay as a verb (transitive, obsolete):

    To bear up under; to endure; to hold out against; to resist.

  9. Stay as a verb (transitive, obsolete):

    To wait for; await.

  10. Stay as a verb (transitive, obsolete):

    To remain for the purpose of; to wait for.

  11. Stay as a verb (intransitive, obsolete):

    To rest; depend; rely.

  12. Stay as a verb (intransitive, obsolete):

    To stop; come to a stand or standstill.

  13. Stay as a verb (intransitive, archaic):

    To come to an end; cease.


    "That day the storm stayed."

  14. Stay as a verb (intransitive, archaic):

    To dwell; linger; tarry; wait.

  15. Stay as a verb (intransitive, dated):

    To make a stand; to stand firm.

  16. Stay as a verb (intransitive, obsolete):

    To hold out, as in a race or contest; last or persevere to the end.


    "That horse stays well."

  17. Stay as a verb (intransitive):

    To remain in a particular place, especially for a definite or short period of time; sojourn; abide.


    "We stayed in Hawaii for a week.  I can only stay for an hour."

  18. Stay as a verb (intransitive, obsolete):

    To wait; rest in patience or expectation.

  19. Stay as a verb (intransitive, obsolete, used with ''on'' or ''upon''):

    To wait as an attendant; give ceremonious or submissive attendance.

  20. Stay as a verb (intransitive):

    To continue to have a particular quality.


    "Wear gloves so your hands stay warm."

  21. Stay as a verb (intransitive, US South, AAVE, colloquial, non-standard):

    To live; reside


    "Hey, where do you stay at?"

  1. Stay as a noun:

    Continuance or a period of time spent in a place; abode for an indefinite time; sojourn.


    "I hope you enjoyed your stay in Hawaii."

  2. Stay as a noun:

    A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.


    "The governor granted a stay of execution."

  3. Stay as a noun (archaic):

    A stop; a halt; a break or cessation of action, motion, or progress.


    "stand at a stay"

  4. Stay as a noun:

    A fixed state; fixedness; stability; permanence.

  5. Stay as a noun (nautical):

    A station or fixed anchorage for vessels.

  6. Stay as a noun:

    Restraint of passion; prudence; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.

  7. Stay as a noun (obsolete):

    Hindrance; let; check.

  1. Stay as a noun:

    A prop; a support.

  2. Stay as a noun:

    A piece of stiff material, such as plastic or whalebone, used to stiffen a piece of clothing.


    "Where are the stays for my collar?"

  3. Stay as a noun:

    (plural) A corset

  4. Stay as a noun (archaic):

    A fastening for a garment; a hook; a clasp; anything to hang another thing on.

  1. Stay as a noun (nautical):

    A strong rope supporting a mast, and leading from one masthead down to some other, or other part of the vessel.

  2. Stay as a noun:

    A guy, rope, or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole, the mast of a derrick, or other structural element.


    "The engineer insisted on using stays for the scaffolding."

  3. Stay as a noun (chain-cable):

    The transverse piece in a link.

  1. Stay as a verb:

    To brace or support with a stay or stays


    "stay a mast"

  2. Stay as a verb (transitive, nautical):

    To incline forward, aft, or to one side by means of stays.

  3. Stay as a verb (transitive, nautical):

    To tack; put on the other tack.


    "to stay ship"

  4. Stay as a verb (intransitive, nautical):

    To change; tack; go about; be in stays, as a ship.

  1. Stay as an adjective (UK, _, dialectal):

    Steep; ascending.

  2. Stay as an adjective (UK, _, dialectal):

    Steeply pitched.

  3. Stay as an adjective (UK, _, dialectal):

    Difficult to negotiate; not easy to access; sheer.

  4. Stay as an adjective (UK, _, dialectal):

    Stiff; upright; unbending; reserved; haughty; proud.

  1. Stay as an adverb (UK, _, dialectal):


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