A n
1 (visit, period) séjour m ; 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!’ ;
2 Naut hauban m ;
3 Jur sursis m ; stay of execution (of death penalty) sursis (à l'exécution de la peine capitale) ; (of other sentence) sursis m ; fig (delay, reprieve) répit m.
B stays npl corset m.
C vtr
1 Jur surseoir à [proceedings] ;
2 Turf [horse] tenir [distance].
D vi
1 (remain) rester ; 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) loger ; 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? ;
5 Scot (live) habiter.
Phrasal verbs
stay away
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! ;
2 (not attend) to stay away from school/work s'absenter de l'école/de son travail.
stay behind rester ; she stayed behind after the concert elle est restée à la fin du concert.
stay in
1 (not go out) rester à la maison, ne pas sortir ;
2 (remain in cavity) [hook, nail] tenir.
stay on
1 GB Sch rester à l'école ;
2 (not leave) rester ;
3 (continue in post) rester ; to stay on as garder son poste de [chief accountant, head chef] ;
4 (not fall off) [handle, label] tenir.
stay out
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 sb's way éviter qn ; stay out of this! ne t'en mêle pas! ;
2 (continue strike) continuer la grève.
stay over rester.
stay up
1 (as treat, waiting for sb) veiller (to do pour faire ; until jusqu'à) ;
2 (as habit) se coucher tard ; he likes to stay up late il aime se coucher tard ;
3 (not fall down) tenir.

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