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"overnight" in British English

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overnightadjective, adverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈnaɪt/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈnaɪt/
  • overnight adjective, adverb (TIME OF DAY)

B1 for or during the night: an overnight stop in Paris You can stay overnight if you want to. Don't forget to pack an overnight bag (= a bag for things that you need when you stay away from home for a night).

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(Definition of overnight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overnight" in American English

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overnightadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vərˈnɑɪt/
for or during the night: You can stay overnight with us if you want to. fig. The book was an overnight success (= a sudden success).
(Definition of overnight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overnight" in Business English

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overnightadjective

uk   us   /ˈəʊvənaɪt/
for or during the night: an overnight stay/stop We made an overnight stop in Paris. Stocks in Hong Kong closed moderately higher encouraged by overnight gains on Wall Street.
sudden and unexpected: Like many so-called overnight successes, she had been working hard for quite some time.

overnightadverb

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈnaɪt/
for or during the night: I took a train overnight.
suddenly or quickly, and often unexpectedly: Building a project like this doesn't happen overnight. The company almost overnight reformed itself as a real estate developer. Major capital expenditure is rarely recouped overnight.

overnightverb

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈnaɪt/
[I] TRANSPORT to stay somewhere for a night: We overnighted at Frankfurt before flying on to Chennai.
[T] US COMMUNICATIONS to send a letter or package to be delivered by the end of the next day: I told him to overnight the contract to me.
(Definition of overnight from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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