oversleep

verb over·sleep \ ˌō-vər-ˈslēp \
Updated on: 27 Apr 2018

Definition of oversleep

overslept play \ˌō-vər-ˈslept\; oversleeping
: to sleep beyond the time for waking
: to allow (oneself) to oversleep

Examples of oversleep in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of oversleep

14th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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OVERSLEEP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of oversleep for English Language Learners

  • : to sleep past the time when you planned to get up


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oversleep

verb over·sleep \ ˌō-vər-ˈslēp \

Definition of oversleep for Students

overslept \-ˈslept\; oversleeping
: to sleep beyond the usual time or beyond the time set for getting up


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