overnight

adverb
over·​night | \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt How to pronounce overnight (audio) \

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
over·​night | \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt How to pronounce overnight (audio) \

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
over·​night | \ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt How to pronounce overnight (audio) , ˌō-vər-ˈnīt How to pronounce overnight (audio) \
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 How to pronounce overnight (audio) \

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Ukrainian authorities said the team would stay in the city overnight and attempt to enter the plant on Thursday. Derek Gatopoulos, ajc, 31 Aug. 2022 The department plans to stay at the scene overnight and asked people to avoid the area. Fox News, 28 Aug. 2022 Since January, the 115-bed mission has had 100 guests stay overnight at its shelter on Historic Goldsboro Boulevard in Sanford. Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2022 For a unique visit and stargazing, stay overnight in Bel Air Tremblant hotel’s glamping domes or tiny cottages. Stacey Lastoe, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 He and Angie were invited by President George H.W. Bush to stay overnight in the White House and attend a state dinner. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 Signs hanging outside the construction site of a future LGBTQ-friendly senior housing development in Hyde Park were vandalized with hateful and homophobic messages overnight, officials said Sunday. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 Her latest plan is to stay overnight with us and spend the following day with her mom. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 2 July 2022 San Antonio is opening a processing center next month to keep up with the growing number of migrants legally passing through the city and relieve pressure on the airport, where they’re sometimes forced to stay overnight. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Family by family, thousands of people kept joining the line around the clock, braving chilly overnight temperatures and waits of up to 17 hours in a queue that stretched for more than 5 miles. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 Family by family, thousands of people kept lining up around the clock, braving chilly overnight temperatures and waits of up to 17 hours in a queue that stretched for over 5 miles (8 kilometers). Jill Lawless, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2022 Family by family, thousands of people kept lining up around the clock, braving chilly overnight temperatures and waits of up to 17 hours in a queue that stretched for over 5 miles (8 kilometers). Time, 18 Sep. 2022 Blinken, making his second visit to the Ukrainian capital since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in February, met with senior Ukrainian officials in central Kyiv following an overnight train trip from Poland. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Those will be compounded by unusually high overnight temperatures up to the 90s in some areas. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 Dear Applicant, We’re thrilled to invite you to a fourth-round interview—an overnight camping trip with our twenty-five-person human-success department. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2022 And the lows are expected to remain high in the Portland and Vancouver metro area, with overnight temperatures likely struggling to drop to 65 Monday to Thursday. oregonlive, 23 July 2022 In addition, many locations will have record-high overnight temperatures that will prevent some areas from cooling off. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Newport Aeronautical had the documents, Barazin would photocopy and overnight them to the customers. WIRED, 19 Aug. 2022 This time, Magnanti had to overnight the mask to Los Angeles, where the women’s team departed from. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 These mobile providers may be able to overnight a new device or replacement so your business doesn’t have to stop when your devices do. Max Silber, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Dell was able to overnight a replacement module for the 7090, which easily slid into place. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, 14 June 2021 For every room booked May 4-12 for stays between July 6 and Oct. 29, 2020, using the code THANKYOU, guests will get up to 50% off standard room rates and Great Wolf will donate one overnight stay to a nurse. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2020 The company making Perkins’ ring had reopened and agreed to overnight the ring to the couple via FedEx. Southern Living, 21 Apr. 2020 Fed up, last week the Bullhead City attorney overnighted a letter to the social media behemoth, making a more official request for Facebook to do something. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, 2 Mar. 2020 And then there are the teachers, whose own well-being has been tested by their school systems’ overnight transition to online instruction. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, 9 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Floods and wind damage disrupted the entire island’s power grid, leaving all of its citizens in the dark overnight, said Luma Energy, the company that operates power transmission and distribution. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 What makes this so dangerous is when temperatures remain this hot overnight, your body doesn't get a break from the extremes. Judson Jones, CNN, 8 June 2022 But Gabby felt good about things going into the overnight. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2022 Tomorrow night: Shower and storm chances increase during the evening and overnight as a cold front approaches from the northwest. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Mayer and several other investors had camped out on Coffee Caye on scouting trips before, but this was the first overnight tour that anyone -- investor or non-investor -- could join. Richard Collett, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 It was picked as the best overnight mask for our SELF Healthy Beauty Awards 2022. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 20 July 2022 On June 15, the implied Federal Funds Rate (the rate banks borrow and lend their excess reserves to each other overnight) for February 1, 2023, was 3.71%. Robert Barone, Forbes, 2 July 2022 Whether an airline pays for the overnight depends on a variety of situations. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 1 July 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Overnight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overnight. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for overnight

overnight

adverb
over·​night | \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt How to pronounce overnight (audio) \

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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