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 Most of the early-hour sets ran 10 minutes — the least of them had the advantage of not overstaying their welcome. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: Was Upright Citizens Brigade's 55-hour improv marathon funny? Yes, and ...," 2 July 2019 Someone who overstays a temporary visa and remains in the country won’t have one, for example, nor would anyone who is undocumented. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens," 16 Sep. 2019 Prosecutors said Boley, who overstayed his visa, married Amanda Hames-Whitman, 38, formerly of Lincoln, R.I., in a 2016 civil ceremony in Family Court. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Best sex ever’ or best lawyer ever? R.I. jury deadlocks on marriage fraud count," 18 July 2019 Well guess what, more than 600,000 of those who came on visas overstayed them in 2017. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 Her family arrived in Georgia with a plan to overstay their tourist visas. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "She must choose: Stay with her undocumented family in America or live freely in Canada," 26 July 2019 In May, the US suspended a visa waiver program for Nigerian applicants and has reportedly considered issuing visas for shorter validity periods in response to the high rates of Nigerian nationals overstaying visas. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has backed down and lowered visa fees for Americans after a US visa hike," 29 Aug. 2019 Watson’s ex-husband owes her $150,000 in child support and Watson faces thousands of dollars in fines because the children overstayed their residential visas in the UAE — which were revoked months ago due to the travel restrictions. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Glastonbury mom wins custody case in UAE, returning home with her children after victory in Abu Dhabi courtroom," 5 Aug. 2019 The program protects about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. Mark Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court to decide on Trump’s bid to end DACA," 28 June 2019

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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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