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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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, night
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Examples for overnight
  • 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.
  • No one must expect that the interpretations of his dreams will come to him overnight without any exertion.
  • 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.
  • Many evening and weekend hours are required with overnight stays.
  • Colleges frequently invite consultants for overnight fly-ins, providing hotel accommodations, meals and transportation.
  • Extensive travel to affiliated school districts, with occasional overnight stays, is a regular part of the role.
  • Measured in ecosystem time, that change had occurred virtually overnight.
  • New housing, new roads, and new sports venues seem to spring up overnight.
British Dictionary definitions for overnight

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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