over night

overnight

[adv. oh-ver-nahyt; adj., n. oh-ver-nahyt; v. oh-ver-nahyt]
adverb
1.
for or during the night: to stay overnight.
2.
on or during the previous evening: Preparations were made overnight.
3.
very quickly; suddenly: New suburbs sprang up overnight.
adjective
4.
done, made, occurring, or continuing during the night: an overnight stop; an overnight decision.
5.
staying for one night: a group of overnight guests.
6.
designed to be used on a trip or for a journey lasting one night or only a few nights.
7.
intended for delivery on the next day: overnight letters; an overnight package.
8.
valid for one night: The corporal got an overnight pass.
9.
occurring suddenly or within a very short time: a comedian who became an overnight sensation.
noun
10.
Informal. an overnight stay or trip: Our daughter had an overnight at a friend's house.
11.
Informal. a permit for overnight absence, as from a college dormitory: She had an overnight the night of the prom.
12.
the previous evening.
verb (used without object)
13.
to have an overnight stay or trip: We'll overnight in Denver, then fly on to San Diego.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English; see over-, night

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overnight
 
adv
1.  for the duration of the night: we stopped overnight
2.  in or as if in the course of one night; suddenly: the situation changed overnight
 
adj
3.  done in, occurring in, or lasting the night: an overnight stop
4.  staying for one night: overnight guests
5.  lasting one night: an overnight trip; an overnight bank loan
6.  for use during a single night: overnight clothes
7.  occurring in or as if in the course of one night; sudden: an overnight victory
 
vb
8.  to stay the night

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Word Origin & History

overnight
late 14c., from over + night (q.v.). Originally "on the preceding evening," gen. sense of "during the night" is attested from 1530s. Meaning "in the course of a single night, hence seemingly instantaneously" is attested from 1939.
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