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.

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Republicans have attacked 74-year-old Mr. Nelson, a three-term senator, as a politician who has overstayed his welcome. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Trump Looms Over Fight for Control of the Senate," 2 Sep. 2018 Indeed, 40 percent of undocumented immigrants are ones who simply overstayed their temporary visas in the country. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Trump's Wall Won't Work," 22 Feb. 2019 Some unexpected visitors have overstayed their welcome at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: rats. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "SeaTac Airport battling rat infestation," 7 Sep. 2018 Leave it to Cardi, marketing queen, to know that fans get exhausted when performers overstay their welcome in attempts to rack up streaming numbers. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Review: Cardi B is a star on debut album 'Invasion of Privacy'," 6 Apr. 2018 Today, the majority of people who settle in the U.S. without authorization arrive legally and then overstay their visas. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "An Immigration Compromise That Just Might Work," 18 Dec. 2018 The 2016 overstay report — the first one published by Homeland Security in at least two decades — stated 739,478 people who entered the U.S. via plane or ship overstayed their visas between October 2015 and September 2016. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "More than 700K foreign nationals overstayed visas in 2017, DHS says," 8 Aug. 2018 Eight million had entered the country without legal permission or overstayed their visas. NBC News, "Bill aimed at protecting immigrant workers reporting violations introduced in Congress," 1 June 2018 For that matter, with enough money, a migrant could just get a flight from the nearby Tijuana airport and then overstay their visa. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Border Door' provided a poetic welcome to immigrants 30 years ago. An art show brings back its message," 4 May 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of overstay

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


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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