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lay·​over ˈlā-ˌō-vər How to pronounce layover (audio)

lay over

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laid over; laying over; lays over

intransitive verb

: to make a stopover

Examples of layover in a Sentence

Noun our flight from New York to San Francisco made a layover in Chicago Verb we'll have to lay over a discussion of the issue until the next meeting
Recent Examples on the Web
Air travel for years has become an enormous headache of layovers and multiple connections as the number of direct flights between anything but major cities has dwindled. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Denver came in second with 490 flights per day, though Wurster said Denver is a popular layover site. The Indianapolis Star, 8 Feb. 2024 Flights to San Francisco were between $420 and $660 with a layover. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2024 This must be done at your final destination, not during a layover. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 That plan had come together last-minute when Evie had an unexpected layover. Carola Lovering, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 These stories made the time fly by during a long layover, anchor us in vivid elsewheres during a whirlwind journey, or even take us on trips while already on a trip. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2023 Nonstop flights are about three hours, with one-stop layover flights running about five hours. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Jan. 2024 One flight attendant shared that this outfit is great for hotel layover days. Amber Love Bond, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2024
The 49ers’ complaint, as first published by CBS Sports Monday, is that the new grass turf, laid over the typical artificial surface at the Fertitta Football Complex, is unseemly — as in you can see the seams in the grass. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Dozens of chicken wings — whole ones, with the tips still attached — were scattered across a wire screen laid over the coals. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 All this is encased in hard plastic, laid over a stainless-steel shield fully bonded to the connector, and a single-piece strain is crimped on eight sides at the cord's meeting with the connector. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023 Signifying the passage of time, the text updated with each following year, laid over shots of the couple dancing at their evening wedding reception at Royal Lodge, a formal portrait in their wedding best and smiling for a selfie. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 The Therm-a-rest Z-seat Pad is a simple but comfortable seating pad that can be used directly on the ground (even over pebbles or sticks), or laid over a stadium bench. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2023 The text is laid over the image of a man in red face paint with horns. Molly Taft, The New Republic, 28 Sep. 2023 The main one that senior officials have told me about are these minefields that the Russians laid over the winter when the weather prohibited much in the way of fighting. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 There were no sidewalks — only boards hastily laid over the pervasive muck. Denise Kiernan, Rolling Stone, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1873, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of layover was in 1838

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“Layover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
lay·​over ˈlā-ˌō-vər How to pronounce layover (audio)

lay over

2 of 2 verb
: to make a temporary halt or stop

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