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overnight

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adverb over·night \ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight

  1. 1a :  on the evening beforeb :  during the night stayed away overnight

  2. 2 :  very quickly or suddenly became famous overnight

Examples of overnight in a Sentence

  1. He stayed overnight and went home the next day.

  2. Let the paint dry overnight.

  3. The novel made her famous overnight.

First Known Use of overnight

14th century


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overnight

adjective over·night

Definition of overnight

  1. 1 :  of, lasting, or staying the night

  2. 2 :  sudden, rapid an overnight sensation

  3. 3 :  traveling during the night an overnight train

  4. 4a :  accomplished by a mail service within one day's time overnight deliveryb :  delivered within one day's time overnight mail

Examples of overnight in a Sentence

  1. They went on an overnight bus trip.

  2. Overnight guests are not allowed in the dormitory.

  3. The show was an overnight success.

Recent Examples of overnight from the Web

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First Known Use of overnight

1824


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overnight

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verb over·night \ˈō-vər-ˌnīt, ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to stay overnight

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

Recent Examples of overnight from the Web

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First Known Use of overnight

1891


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overnight

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noun over·night \ˈō-vər-ˌnīt\

Definition of overnight

  1. :  an overnight stay

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First Known Use of overnight

1959


OVERNIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

overnight

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adverb

Definition of overnight for English Language Learners

  • : for or during the entire night

  • : very quickly or suddenly

overnight

adjective

Definition of overnight for English Language Learners

  • : happening, traveling, or staying during the night

  • : happening very quickly or suddenly


OVERNIGHT Defined for Kids

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overnight

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adverb over·night \ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight for Students

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

  2. 2 :  very quickly or suddenly He became famous overnight.


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overnight

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adjective over·night

Definition of overnight for Students

  1. 1 :  done or lasting through the night an overnight journey

  2. 2 :  staying for the night an overnight guest

  3. 3 :  for use on short trips an overnight bag

  4. 4 :  happening very quickly or suddenly an overnight success



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