overnight

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
o•ver•night /adv. ˈoʊvɚˈnaɪt; adj., n. ˈoʊvɚˌnaɪt/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. for or during the night:We'll stay overnight and leave early tomorrow morning.
  2. very quickly;
    suddenly:New suburbs sprang up overnight.
  3. on the previous evening:Preparations were made overnight.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. done, made, occurring, or continuing during the night:an overnight flight.
  2. staying for one night:overnight guests.
  3. being or intended for delivery on the next day:overnight mail.
  4. occurring suddenly or within a very short time:an overnight success.

n. [countable]
  1. History, Informal Termsan overnight stay or trip.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
o•ver•night  (adv. ōvər nīt;adj., n. ōvər nīt′;
v. ō′vər nīt),USA pronunciation
 adv. 
  1. for or during the night:to stay overnight.
  2. on or during the previous evening:Preparations were made overnight.
  3. very quickly;
    suddenly:New suburbs sprang up overnight.

adj. 
  1. done, made, occurring, or continuing during the night:an overnight stop; an overnight decision.
  2. staying for one night:a group of overnight guests.
  3. designed to be used on a trip or for a journey lasting one night or only a few nights.
  4. intended for delivery on the next day:overnight letters; an overnight package.
  5. valid for one night:The corporal got an overnight pass.
  6. occurring suddenly or within a very short time:a comedian who became an overnight sensation.

n. 
  1. History, Informal Terms[Informal.]an overnight stay or trip:Our daughter had an overnight at a friend's house.
  2. Informal Termsa permit for overnight absence, as from a college dormitory:She had an overnight the night of the prom.
  3. the previous evening.

v.i. 
  1. Historyto have an overnight stay or trip:We'll overnight in Denver, then fly on to San Diego.
  • 1325–75; Middle English; see over-, night


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

overnight adv /ˌəʊvəˈnaɪt/
  1. for the duration of the night
  2. in or as if in the course of one night; suddenly: the situation changed overnight
adj /ˈəʊvəˌnaɪt/(usually prenominal)
  1. done in, occurring in, or lasting the night: an overnight stop
  2. staying for one night
  3. for use during a single night
  4. occurring in or as if in the course of one night; sudden: an overnight victory



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