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 The couple overstayed their visas and have been hiding out in Thailand since 2014, police said. Fox News, "'Italian Bonnie and Clyde' arrested in Thailand, accused of pretending to be George Clooney to sell clothes," 17 June 2019 My big worry, always, is that a show will overstay its welcome. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Netflix's 'You' Be Back for Season 3?," 11 Dec. 2019 Then on to another tow zone, before wildly overstaying its welcome by spending more than 3 hours in a 30-minute commercial parking space. BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing red," 21 Nov. 2019 The New Times on Tuesday cites immigration authorities as saying conservative missionary Gregg Schoof had overstayed his work permit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rwanda deports US pastor whose radio station had been banned," 8 Oct. 2019 A few months into his presidency, however, scores of Iraqi immigrants were swept up in immigration enforcement raids for overstaying visas or criminal convictions. Los Angeles Times, "Iraqi Chaldeans supported Trump. Now one of their own died after being deported," 12 Aug. 2019 Lubans-Otto said Ndiaye had been approved for total hip replacement surgery and was preparing for an operation when he was arrested for overstaying his visa. NBC News, "ICE deports man awaiting hip replacement surgery to Mauritania," 11 Aug. 2019 The rapper, a citizen of the United Kingdom, was arrested earlier this year by U.S. immigration authorities for allegedly overstaying his visa. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Lollapalooza review: A festival with a soul tries to peek out from a massive party," 5 Aug. 2019 Samad Nadeem — son of Saheeda Nadeem, an immigrant from Pakistan who is in sanctuary in a Kalamazoo church and whom ICE wants to deport for overstaying her visa — also spoke Wednesday at Central United Methodist Church. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit leaders: Democratic presidential candidates should address immigration," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of overstay

1641, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

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“Overstay.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstaying. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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