overstay

verb
over·​stay | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstā How to pronounce overstay (audio) \
overstayed; overstaying; overstays

Definition of overstay

transitive verb

: to stay beyond the time or the limits of

Examples of overstay in a Sentence

She was guilty of overstaying a student visa.
Recent Examples on the Web Right now, more people overstay their visas than cross the border illegally. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Where 5th District candidate Christina Hale stands on coronavirus, racism, other issues," 15 Sep. 2020 Barbakow keeps things moving, never allowing Nyles and Sarah to overstay their welcome on any particular day. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Palm Springs’ is perfect for pandemic viewing," 10 July 2020 Barbakow keeps things moving, never allowing Nyles and Sarah to overstay their welcome on any particular day. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Palm Springs’ is perfect for pandemic viewing," 10 July 2020 Maybe things like Robin's rapping scenes are superfluous, but they're consistently welcomed and never overstay their welcome. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Netflix’s Project Power, the most fun you won’t have at the movies this summer," 16 Aug. 2020 Barbakow keeps things moving, never allowing Nyles and Sarah to overstay their welcome on any particular day. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Palm Springs’ is perfect for pandemic viewing," 10 July 2020 Barbakow keeps things moving, never allowing Nyles and Sarah to overstay their welcome on any particular day. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Palm Springs’ is perfect for pandemic viewing," 10 July 2020 Barbakow keeps things moving, never allowing Nyles and Sarah to overstay their welcome on any particular day. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Palm Springs’ is perfect for pandemic viewing," 10 July 2020 Barbakow keeps things moving, never allowing Nyles and Sarah to overstay their welcome on any particular day. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Palm Springs’ is perfect for pandemic viewing," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of overstay

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overstay was in 1641

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22 Sep 2020

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“Overstay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstay. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for overstay

overstay

verb
How to pronounce overstay (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overstay

: to stay longer than you are expected or allowed to stay

overstay

verb
over·​stay | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstā How to pronounce overstay (audio) \
overstayed; overstaying

Kids Definition of overstay

: to stay beyond or longer than We overstayed our welcome.

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