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overnight

adverb over·night \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \

Definition of overnight

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


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overnight

adjective

Definition of overnight

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


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overnight

verb \ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt , ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \

Definition of overnight

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

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First Known Use of overnight

1891


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overnight

noun over·night \ ˈō-vər-ˌnīt \

Definition of overnight

:an overnight stay

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First Known Use of overnight

1959


OVERNIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

overnight

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

adverb over·night \ ˌō-vər-ˈnīt \

Definition of overnight for Students

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

Definition of overnight for Students

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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