Definition of overnight in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈnʌɪt/
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvənʌɪt/


1For the duration of a night: they refused to stay overnight
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  • At the moment the only exceptions were when the fair was in town to allow the workers to stay overnight and on Bonfire Night.
  • ‘Both nights there were people who stayed overnight there,’ said Phillips.
  • As I've said already, Mulder had never even stayed out overnight before last week - tonight will be the ninth night he's been absent.
1.1During the course of a night: you can recharge the battery overnight
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  • People should be able to recharge their batteries overnight while at home or in the commuters' parking lot while at work.
  • The meeting had been in doubt because of frost but this disappeared overnight and the course was passed fit for racing after an early morning inspection.
  • Despite the heavy rains overnight, the course was in good condition.
1.2Instantly or very quickly: the picture made Wallis famous overnight
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  • Men and women will mature quickly, almost overnight, but not for thirty years.
  • The strict regime of the marriage vows broke my marriage and my husband became a person who seemed to change overnight.
  • She had heard about growing good at things quickly, but overnight?


1Done, happening, or for use overnight: an overnight stay an overnight bag
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  • One is the disbursement of about $3,500 for a trip to Houston with overnight accommodation.
  • And around 64 per cent of all visitors stayed in overnight accommodation while enjoying the musical delights on offer.
  • In 2002, 4.6 million tourists visited the country and stayed in overnight accommodation.
1.1Instant: Tom became an overnight celebrity
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  • You will not become an overnight success, an instant millionaire or an Oscar winning actor.
  • The wealth scale is off the charts: instant wealth; overnight wealth.
  • It's been 25 years and it's been slow, not instant, overnight stuff.


[no object, with adverbial of place]
1Stay for the night in a particular place: I overnighted at the Beverly Wilshire
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  • Last night, two people overnighted in accident and emergency and on Sunday, there was a spillover of 12 there.
  • Referring to the location he wrote: ‘It is bizarre… you can't help wondering who in their right minds would want to stay here, other than businessman overnighting in Bedfordshire.’
  • Mattresses were for sitting on during the day and sleeping on at night, since there were no lodges or hotels for overnighting.
1.1 [with object] North American Convey (goods) at night, so that they arrive the next day: Forster overnighted the sample to headquarters by courier
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  • Each weekly issue is published late Tuesday night, and orders can be overnighted Wednesday morning to ensure arrival for Friday or Saturday night shows.
  • But from what I'm seeing on the web, he seems to be a rather interesting fellow… And his publicist is overnighting me a DVD of his, so that should educational.
  • They're overnighting it to me here in Philadelphia.


A stop or stay lasting one night: overnights can be arranged in Kathmandu
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  • He loved to stay overnights on the weekends, whenever it was possible.
  • Whenever possible an alternating of weekends and a midweek overnight would be the best plan particularly when Devon is in school.
  • We'll alternate nights there with overnights in the ‘wilderness’ (staying in cabins or heated tents) as we tour the area via dogsleds.

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