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overnight

adverb over·night \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018
1 a : on the evening before
b : during the night
  • stayed away overnight
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.

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First Known Use of overnight

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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overnight

adjective
1 : of, lasting, or staying the night
2 : sudden, rapid
  • an overnight sensation
3 : traveling during the night
  • an overnight train
4 a : accomplished by a mail service within one day's time
  • overnight delivery
b : 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.

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First Known Use of overnight

1824

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overnight

verb \ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt , ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \
: to stay overnight
: to send (something, such as a package or letter) by a mail service for delivery within one day's time

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First Known Use of overnight

1891

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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overnight

noun over·night \ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt \
: an overnight stay

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First Known Use of overnight

1959

in the meaning defined above

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OVERNIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

overnight

  • : for or during the entire night

  • : very quickly or suddenly


overnight

  • : happening, traveling, or staying during the night

  • : happening very quickly or suddenly


OVERNIGHT Defined for Kids

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overnight

adverb over·night \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \
1 : during or through the night
  • Can I stay overnight?
2 : very quickly or suddenly
  • He became famous overnight.

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overnight

adjective
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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