overnight

adverb
over·night | \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \

Definition of overnight 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : on the evening before

b : during the night stayed away overnight

2 : very quickly or suddenly became famous overnight

overnight

adjective

Definition of overnight (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : of, lasting, or staying the night

2 : sudden, rapid an overnight sensation

3 : traveling during the night an overnight train

4a : accomplished by a mail service within one day's time overnight delivery

b : delivered within one day's time overnight mail

overnight

verb
\ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt , ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \
overnighted; overnighting; overnights

Definition of overnight (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to stay overnight

transitive verb

: to send (something, such as a package or letter) by a mail service for delivery within one day's time

overnight

noun
over·night | \ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt \

Definition of overnight (Entry 4 of 4)

: an overnight stay

Examples of overnight in a Sentence

Adverb

He stayed overnight and went home the next day. Let the paint dry overnight. The novel made her famous overnight.

Adjective

They went on an overnight bus trip. Overnight guests are not allowed in the dormitory. The show was an overnight success.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Investigators believe a man killed overnight Wednesday behind a northeast Atlanta recording studio was targeted, Channel 2 Action News reported. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Man shot, killed outside northeast Atlanta recording studio," 12 July 2018 Colonial Drive will be closed overnight Saturday between Orange and Garland avenues as crews swing a truss into place for a new pedestrian bridge over the busy road. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pedestrian bridge to take shape as steel truss is installed during Colonial Drive closure," 12 July 2018 Pruitt won’t be able to remake the roster overnight though, so exploiting any lingering defensive weakness should be Kentucky’s best chance at a win. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Tennessee in 2018," 11 July 2018 Six days ago, one Reddit user noted that his entire photo gallery was sent to his girlfriend overnight from a Samsung S9+, but there was no record on his phone in Samsung’s messaging app. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Some Samsung Phones Are Randomly Texting Photos to Contacts and It's Freaking People Out," 3 July 2018 Your flight to London could get delayed, leaving you stuck overnight in Boston. Kristin Wong, New York Times, "What Travel Insurance Does and Doesn't Cover," 27 June 2018 Gaza Strip militants barraged southern Israel with rockets overnight after the Israeli military took action in the territory against airborne arson and explosive attacks. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, "Palestinians Fire Rockets at Israel Following Gaza Airstrikes," 27 June 2018 Two shootings overnight in Gary left a 17-year-old girl injured and resulted in a man being arrested for false informing, according to police. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Police investigating 2 overnight shootings in Gary," 22 June 2018 Giant hogweed doesn't grow 14 feet overnight; the seedlings and saplings start out much smaller. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 411 on Giant Hogweed, the Invasive Plant That Can Cause Severe Burns," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Many clubs have attempted to replicate that success on a shoestring budget over the years, and granted Sean Dyche has taken it to arguably new heights this season, but this was no overnight success. SI.com, "Sean Dyche Looks the Part at Burnley But He's Not Re-Inventing the Wheel With His Brand of Football," 29 May 2018 The debate video made Rainbow an overnight success. BostonGlobe.com, "In his wildly popular musical parodies, Randy Rainbow shows his true colors," 16 May 2018 The report also notes that Fonsi, a Universal Music artist for the past 15 years, was hardly an overnight success. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "IFPI Latin: 49 Percent Rise in Streaming Revenue and 'Despacito' Make for 'Double Whammy' in 2017," 24 Apr. 2018 Barr herself credited the show's relatable family dynamics when reflecting on the overnight success. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Roseanne' Revival Will Never Mention Trump by Name (for Now)," 31 Mar. 2018 In March of 2017, 16-year-old Sara Manitoski died during an overnight school trip. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome You Need to Know," 29 June 2018 Sara Manitoski was found dead on an overnight school trip in March 2017 near Vancouver Island, with an unknown cause of death. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "16-Year-Old Girl Dies From Toxic Shock Syndrome Related to Tampon Use," 28 June 2018 Two men who went on an overnight fishing trip from the Ventura Marina late Tuesday were reported missing Wednesday afternoon, prompting a U.S. Coast Guard search. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Coast Guard searching for two fishermen missing after overnight trip," 21 June 2018 Nights are almost cool and certainly nice enough that camping on an overnight float-fishing trip is a pleasant experience. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Catch the good times rolling on the rivers," 12 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Donald Trump has got to go’’ were heard near the Pfister Hotel, where Trump overnighted and attended a pair of closed-door campaign events before heading to the groundbreaking and tour of an existing Foxconn facility. BostonGlobe.com, "In Wisconsin, Trump highlights economic policies," 28 June 2018 The increase was thanks to a 2.3 percent bump in international visits, which offset a 0.5 percent decrease in the number of domestic travelers who overnighted in Miami. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite Irma, Miami tourism grew in 2017. Will Asia flights make 2018 even better? | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood and Naomi Campbell have rumored to have overnighted at the sprawling One&Only Cape Town, which is notoriously tight-lipped on famous guests. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Does Cape Town," 17 Apr. 2018 Doctors in Miami had overnighted two small vials of stem cells to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Stem cells could boost this Maryland baby's heart and chance for a normal life," 9 Mar. 2018 And some will choose to overnight inside the preserve, at one of the wilderness lodges in the Kantishna area, a six-hour, 90-mile rough ride from the entrance. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sheldon Chalet Is the Most Luxe Way to Experience Alaska’s Denali National Park," 27 Feb. 2018 FRAUD A Friendswood woman found two fraudulent charges-for two boxes of checks overnighted to an address in Shreveport, Louisiana-on her bank account, according to a Jan. 18 police report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: Second suspect nabbed in liquor store holdup," 29 Jan. 2018 Wind chill temperatures could be as low as 10 degrees overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning in New Orleans. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Snow, sleet possible in New Orleans on Tuesday," 15 Jan. 2018 Nelson said the Iditarod overnights the samples to a lab and receives results in 48 to 72 hours. Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Dispatch News, "After several 2017 Iditarod sled dogs test positive for a ‘prohibited substance,’ race changes its rules," 10 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Under that program, residents who have issues with overnight parking could apply for long-term overnight permits for which the city would establish a fee structure. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville to again look at ways to help residents ticketed because of 70-year-old parking ban," 10 July 2018 The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on an American tour, planned to sail from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the royal yacht Britannia, and to bunk overnight while docked in San Francisco Bay. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "After 51 years serving SF, protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer," 29 May 2018 The Matanuska River, fed by melting snow and recent rains, rose to 25,500 cubic feet per second overnight Monday, according to a National Weather Service hydrograph. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Troopers helicopter crew rescues teens from Matanuska River sandbar," 12 June 2018 It was established in 1987 as a day camp, but has grown over the years to be a successful overnight camp. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Diabetic children learn about nutrition and keeping healthy at Camp Roaring Sun," 10 July 2018 The retention rate for those who go to Jewish overnight camp is 90 percent. Elizabeth Kratz, Jewish Journal, "Camp leadership reaffirms its message: No partnership with IfNotNow," 13 June 2018 The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on an American tour, planned to sail from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the royal yacht Britannia, and to bunk overnight while docked in San Francisco Bay. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "After 51 years serving SF, protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer," 29 May 2018 Light precipitation of less than one-quarter inch remains in the forecast overnight Monday into Tuesday. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Forecast: No rain for most of Mother's Day but precipitation will be back Monday and Tuesday," 12 May 2018 The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on an American tour, planned to sail from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the royal yacht Britannia, and to bunk overnight while docked in San Francisco Bay. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "After 51 years serving SF, protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of overnight

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1959, in the meaning defined above

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overnight

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of overnight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: for or during the entire night

: very quickly or suddenly

overnight

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overnight (Entry 2 of 2)

: happening, traveling, or staying during the night

: happening very quickly or suddenly

overnight

adverb
over·night | \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \

Kids Definition of overnight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : during or through the night Can I stay overnight?

2 : very quickly or suddenly He became famous overnight.

overnight

adjective

Kids Definition of overnight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : done or lasting through the night an overnight journey

2 : staying for the night an overnight guest

3 : for use on short trips an overnight bag

4 : happening very quickly or suddenly an overnight success

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