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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Example sentences
Some prefer to pare peaches, sprinkle with sugar, and let stand overnight.
When all have caught their horses the rest are again turned loose, together
  with those that have been kept up overnight.
It also encourages family involvement in campus events held for students, such
  as orientation sessions and overnight activities.
One of the best-kept secrets of the lost-baggage world is that all airlines
  have small overnight amenity kits available.
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