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[oh-ver-stey] /ˌoʊ vərˈsteɪ/
verb (used with object)
to stay beyond the time, limit, or duration of; outstay:
to overstay one's welcome.
Finance. to remain in (the market) beyond the point where a sale would have yielded the greatest profit.
Origin of overstay
1640-50; over- + stay1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for overstay
  • These features would be powerful incentives not to overstay.
  • The fact that they are able to overstay their visa authority, affects the timing of their plans, but not their intent.
  • We strongly recommend that you not overstay your visa.
  • Never overstay your visa without first getting an extension.
  • Pacific madrone depends on periodic fire to reduce the shading resulting from the closing conifer overstay.
British Dictionary definitions for overstay


verb (transitive)
to stay beyond the time, limit, or duration of
(finance) to delay a transaction in (a market) until after the point at which the maximum profit would have been made
(NZ) to stay in New Zealand beyond (the period sanctioned by the immigration authorities or the period of a visitor's permit)
overstay one's welcome, outstay one's welcome, to stay (at a party, on a visit, etc), longer than pleases the host or hostess
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