- It refers to the act of halting or postponing a proceeding, action, or enforcement temporarily through an official declaration by a judge or government official
- The term relates to a halt or pause enforced on a process or action, usually for a temporary period, arising out of a court's decision or an executive's order
- The judge decided to issue a stay on the eviction so the family could present their case.
- In response to the pending investigation, a stay was ordered on all business operations.
- The execution proceedings of the will were put on a stay until the authenticity of the document was verified.