over·​sleep ˌō-vər-ˈslēp How to pronounce oversleep (audio)
overslept ˌō-vər-ˈslept How to pronounce oversleep (audio) ; oversleeping

intransitive verb

: to sleep beyond the time for waking

transitive verb

: to allow (oneself) to oversleep

Examples of oversleep in a Sentence

Be sure to set your alarm clock so that you don't oversleep.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversleep was in the 14th century

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“Oversleep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversleep. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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over·​sleep ˌō-vər-ˈslēp How to pronounce oversleep (audio)
overslept -ˈslept How to pronounce oversleep (audio) ; oversleeping
: to sleep beyond the usual time or beyond the time set for getting up
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