overnight

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

overnight ‎(not comparable)

  1. Throughout the night.
    Let it run overnight and we'll check on it in the morning.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter4:
      There was also hairdressing: hairdressing, too, really was hairdressing in those times — no running a comb through it and that was that. It was curled, frizzed, waved, put in curlers overnight, waved with hot tongs; [].
    • 2012 November 20, Nina Bernstein, “Storm Bared a Lack of Options for the Homeless in New York”, New York Times:
      Overnight, as the storm bore down on urban flood zones, city officials ramped up emergency spaces to shelter thousands more people, mostly in public schools and colleges.
  2. During a single night.
    They delivered the package overnight.
  3. In a very short (but unspecified) amount of time.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, page 27:
      Overnight, the vivacious young actress became a caricature, a relic of the previous decade, whose hard-partying socialite image seemed frivolous and out of touch amid the ensuing years of the Great Depression.
    The change seemed to happen overnight.

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Adjective[edit]

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.

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Verb[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

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?)

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