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overnight (not comparable)

  1. Throughout the night
    Let it run overnight and we'll check on it in the morning.
  2. During a single night
    They delivered the package overnight.
  3. In a very short (but unspecified) amount of time
    The change seemed to happen overnight.



overnight (not comparable)

  1. Occurring between dusk and dawn.
    The overnight ferry docked at 10AM.
  2. Complete before the next morning.
    Don't expect results overnight.


overnight (third-person singular simple present overnights, present participle overnighting, simple past and past participle overnighted)

  1. (intransitive) To stay overnight; to spend the night. [from 19th c.]
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 128:
      His visits to Paris (which he had not allowed his son to visit until he was a teenager) became less frequent too: he never over-nighted there, for example, after 1744.
  2. (transitive, US) To send something for delivery the next day. [from 20th c.]
    We can overnight you the documents for signature.



overnight (plural overnights)

  1. Items delivered or completed overnight.
    Have you looked at the overnights yet?
  2. An overnight stay, especially in a hotel or other lodging facility.
  3. (obsolete) The fore part of the previous night; yesterday evening.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)