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overnight

[adv. oh-ver-nahyt; adj., n. oh-ver-nahyt; v. oh-ver-nahyt] /adv. ˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪt; v. ˌoʊ vərˈnaɪt/
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 of overnight
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, night
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overnight

adverb (ˌəʊvəˈnaɪt)
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
adjective (usually prenominal) (ˈəʊvəˌnaɪt)
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
verb (intransitive)
8.
to stay the night
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Word Origin and History for overnight
adv.

early 14c., from over- + night (n.). Originally "on the preceding evening;" 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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