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Inglés americano: /steɪ/
Inglés británico: /steɪ/

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (in specified place, position)
    permanecer [formal]
    he stayed in the country for two weeks
    se quedó dos semanas en el país
    permaneció dos semanas en el país [formal]
    stay there
    quédate ahí
    no te muevas de ahí
    stay close to us
    no te alejes de nosotros
    stay! (to dog)
    he managed to stay ahead
    logró mantenerse a la cabeza
    unemployment is here to stay
    el desempleo se ha convertido en un problema permanente
    to stay put
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Call your house and tell them you're staying at a friend's house because you don't want to drive home and stay the night with me.
    • I usually stayed in the guest room with Terry during those days.
    • I'll pay for your round-trip ticket and you can stay in the guest room at my house.
    1.2 (in specified state) stay still/single
    quédate quieto/soltero
    please try and stay sober
    por favor trata de no emborracharte
    we stayed friends despite everything
    seguimos siendo amigos a pesar de todo
    I couldn't stay awake
    no podía mantenerme despierto
    long may it stay that way
    ojalá siga así muchos años
    it's forecast to stay wet
    pronostican que va a seguir lloviendo
  • 2 2.1 (remain, not leave)
    she didn't stay to the end
    no se quedó hasta el final
    I mustn't stay late
    no debo quedarme hasta tarde
    can you stay to or for dinner?
    ¿te puedes quedar a cenar?
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Maddie, at the last minute, decided to stay behind and finish some work on deadline.
    • The gig was so successful the band decided to stay together, and since then Wards Xpress has released three albums.
    • This year they've decided to stay in their village because it just isn't safe to leave their home and head for Baghdad.
    2.2 (reside temporarily)
    (in a hotel etc) hospedarse
    I'm staying with friends
    me estoy quedando en casa de unos amigos
    estoy en casa de unos amigos
    we stayed at the Hilton
    nos hospedamos or nos alojamos or nos quedamos en el Hilton
    he's staying with us over Easter
    va a pasar la Semana Santa con nosotros
    my aunt came to stay
    mi tía vino a quedarse unos días
    can Matthew stay the night?
    ¿Matthew se puede quedar a dormir or a pasar la noche?
    2.3 (live) (Scottish)
  • 3 (wait) [archaic] (as interjection)
    ¡un segundo or un momento!

transitive verb

  • 1 (survive)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • How he manages to stay so calm and hold off his anger for so long is beyond me.
    • At least he has managed to stay positive about things, and he has told us he will aim for the next World Cup.
    • All the big powers have managed to stay at peace so I suppose it achieved something.
  • 2 (suspend)
    something stayed her [literary]
    algo la detuvo
    hand 1 2
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Does the English Court have Jurisdiction to stay the Part 20 Proceedings?
    • A higher court stayed his acquittal and ordered him detained while the finding at trial was reconsidered.
    • He subsequently applied to a judge of the Federal Court for an order staying the immigration inquiry pending the hearing of the judicial review.


  • 1 (time) during our stay in Madrid
    durante nuestra estadía en Madrid (Latin America)
    durante nuestra estancia en Madrid (Spain) (Mexico)
    I'd like to go for a longer stay
    me gustaría ir a quedarme más tiempo
    after an overnight stay in Paris
    después de hacer noche or después de pernoctar en París
    during her stay in hospital
    mientras estuvo en el hospital
    durante su permanencia en el hospital [formal]
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • It would involve at most an overnight stay in hospital, he explained.
    • Sligo also has one of the lowest average lengths of stay in hospital in the country at five days.
    • What are your recipes for being a good guest, for weekend or overnight stays?
  • 2 (Law)stay of execution
    suspensión (feminine) del cumplimiento de la sentencia
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • I conclude that the trial judge erred in granting a stay of proceedings to each of the defendants.
    • In my opinion, the application for a stay of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria should be dismissed.
    • The defence cited several cases involving extremely serious charges in which the appellate courts have ordered stays of proceedings because of delay.
  • 3 3.1 (Architecture, Building) 3.2
    also: stays plural
    (Clothing, History)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The favourite shaping material of stays was whalebone, cut into thin strips and sewn in a fan pattern to make the torso appear rounder.
    • Products made from the animal were oil for lamps and candles whereas the bones were used for stays, corsets and collars.
    • She ran as fast as her stays and petticoat would allow to that pond she could see so clearly in her mind.

Verbos con partícula

stay away

verb + adverb
to stay away (from something/somebody)stay well away from the flames
no te acerques a las llamas
manténte bien lejos de las llamas
stay away from my daughter!
¡no te acerques a mi hija!
he can't stay away from her
no puede estar sin ella
football clubs are worried because crowds have been staying away
hay preocupación en los clubes de fútbol porque el público no acude a los encuentros

stay behind

verb + adverb
(after meeting, party etc)
to stay behind after school (esp British)
quedarse después de clases

stay down

verb + adverb
1 (in lowered position)
no levantarse
I glued it but it won't stay down
lo pegué pero se sigue levantando
2 (food)it stayed down
no lo devolvió or vomitó
3 (at school) (British)
repetir el curso

stay in

verb + adverb
1 (remain in position)
quedarse en su sitio
this nail won't stay in
este clavo se sale
I want that joke/paragraph to stay in
quiero que se mantenga ese chiste/párrafo
2 (remain indoors)
quedarse en casa
3 (after school)
quedarse después de clases

stay off

verb + preposition + object
I stayed off work today
hoy no fui a trabajar
he stayed off drink
no volvió a beber
I stayed off butter for a month
no probé la mantequilla durante un mes

stay on

verb + adverb
1 (remain in position)
quedarse en su sitio
my hat won't stay on
se me cae el sombrero
2 (at school, in job)
he's staying on as a consultant
se queda como asesor

stay out

verb + adverb
1 (not come home) to stay out all night
pasar toda la noche fuera
he usually stays out late
normalmente no vuelve hasta tarde
2 (in the open)
quedarse fuera
3 (on strike)
seguir en huelga

stay out of

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1 (avoid, keep away from) try to stay out of trouble/harm's way/his way
procura no meterte en líos/mantenerte a salvo/no cruzarte en su camino
stay out of my sight!
¡no te quiero ni ver!
stay out of the sun
quédate a la sombra
2 (not get involved in)
no meterse en
just stay out of this argument!
¡no te metas en esta discusión!

stay over

verb + adverb
quedarse (a dormir)

stay up

verb + adverb
1 (not fall or sink)
his trousers won't stay up
se le caen los pantalones
2 (not go to bed)
quedarse levantado
I stayed up all night
me quedé levantado toda la noche
we stayed up late
nos quedamos levantados or no nos acostamos hasta tarde
don't stay up for me
no me esperes levantado

stay with

verb + preposition + object
1 (remain close to)
quedarse con
2 (remain faithful to)
seguir con
3 (persevere, endure)
seguir con
stay with it: don't give up!
4 (keep pace with)
seguir el ritmo de
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Inglés americano: /steɪ/
Inglés británico: /steɪ/


  • (rope, wire)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • A few minutes later I was shinning up the mast to whip a flag halyard to the stays.
    • The mast will not come down until something else has broken because as long as all the stays and such are in place, the mast will stay.
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The solid awning was supported by vertical stays.
    • Britannia footbridge has been lifted into place and the cable stays are being fitted to support the bridge.
    • The cable stays were then stressed to their final length.
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