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

transitive verb

: to stay beyond the time or the limits of

Example Sentences

She was guilty of overstaying a student visa.
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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overstay was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Overstay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstay. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


over·​stay -ˈstā How to pronounce overstay (audio)
: to stay beyond the time or the limits of
overstayed their welcome

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