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British English: /steɪ/
American English: /steɪ/

Translation of stay in French:


  • 1 (visit, period) a stay in hospital
    un séjour à l'hôpital
    a two-week stay
    un séjour de deux semaines
    to have an overnight stay in Athens
    passer la nuit à Athènes
    the bad weather ruined our stay
    le mauvais temps a gâché notre séjour
    ‘enjoy your stay!’
    ‘bon séjour!’

also: stays plural noun

transitive verb

  • 2 (Horse racing)
    tenir (distance)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (remain) stay a few days
    restez quelques jours
    to stay for lunch
    rester (à) déjeuner
    to stay in bed/at home
    rester au lit/à la maison
    to stay calm/faithful
    rester calme/fidèle
    I'm not staying another minute
    je ne resterai pas une minute de plus
    to stay in Britain
    rester en Grande-Bretagne
    to stay in teaching
    rester dans l'enseignement
    to stay in nursing
    continuer comme infirmier/-ière
    to stay in farming
    continuer à travailler dans l'agriculture
    to stay in business (not go under)
    rester à flot
    to stay put
    ne pas bouger
    ‘stay tuned!’ (on radio)
    ‘restez avec nous!’
    computers are here to stay
    les ordinateurs font maintenant partie de la vie
  • 2 (have accommodation) where are you staying?
    où loges-tu?
    to stay in a hotel/at a friend's house/with Gill
    loger à l'hôtel/chez un ami/chez Gill
  • 3 (spend the night)
    passer la nuit
    it's very late, why don't you stay?
    il est très tard, tu pourrais passer la nuit ici
    I had to stay in a hotel
    j'ai dû passer la nuit à l'hôtel
    to stay overnight in Philadelphia
    passer la nuit à Philadelphie
  • 4 (visit for unspecified time) to come to stay (for a few days)
    venir passer quelques jours (with chez)
    (for a few weeks) venir passer quelques semaines (with chez)
    do you like having people to stay?
    tu aimes avoir des gens chez toi?

Phrasal verbs

stay away

1.1 (not come)
ne plus venir
when hotels are too dear, tourists stay away
quand les hôtels sont trop chers, les touristes ne viennent plus
go away and stay away!
va-t-en et ne reviens plus!
to stay away from
éviter (town centre, house)
ne pas s'approcher de (cliff edge, window, strangers)
stay away from my sister/husband!
laisse ma sœur/mon mari tranquille!
1.2 (not attend) to stay away from school/work
s'absenter de l'école/de son travail

stay behind

she stayed behind after the concert
elle est restée à la fin du concert

stay in

1.1 (not go out) 1.2 (remain in cavity)
(hook, nail)

stay on

1.1 (British English) (School)
rester à l'école
1.2 (not leave) 1.3 (continue in post) to stay on as
garder son poste de (chief accountant, head chef)
1.4 (not fall off)
(handle, label)

stay out

1.1 (remain away) to stay out late/all night
rentrer tard/ne pas rentrer de la nuit
to stay out of
ne pas entrer dans (room, house)
to stay out of sight
rester caché
to stay out of trouble
éviter les ennuis
to stay out of somebody's way
éviter quelqu'un
stay out of this!
ne t'en mêle pas!
1.2 (continue strike)
continuer la grève

stay over

stay up

1.1 (as treat, waiting for somebody)
veiller (to do pour faire) (until jusqu'à)
1.2 (as habit)
se coucher tard
he likes to stay up late
il aime se coucher tard
1.3 (not fall down)
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