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, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      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”, in 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, 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 overnight delivery.
  3. of an activity or event in which participants stay overnight
    They sent their kids to overnight camp.
    We went on an overnight ski trip.

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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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