Meaning of “stay out” in the English Dictionary

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"stay out" in British English

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stay out

phrasal verb with stay uk /steɪ/ us /steɪ/ verb

B2 to not come home at night, or to go home late:

Our cat usually stays out at night.
My mum won't let me stay out late.

More examples

  • He stayed out last night and I've no idea where he was.
  • I've got to get up early tomorrow so I won't be staying out late.
  • He gets suspicious if I stay out late.
  • He called me to say he'd be staying out.
  • I like to let him know if I'm staying out late.

(Definition of “stay out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)