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[oh-ver-stey] /ˌoʊ vərˈsteɪ/
verb (used with object)
to stay beyond the time, limit, or duration of; outstay:
to overstay one's welcome.
Finance. to remain in (the market) beyond the point where a sale would have yielded the greatest profit.
Origin of overstay
First recorded in 1640-50; over- + stay1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If you overstay the limit and cannot return, you will be decontaminated just as we must be when we return to our own people.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • I married Rashborough because it was the best thing that offered, and I did not want to overstay my market.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • You will wonder perhaps why I "overstay," since I frankly admit that I'm "fed up" with too much scenery and too much information.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • Mr. Crisparkle sat with his watch in his hand for about the same period, lest he should overstay his time.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens
  • Mutual recriminations were absent, although they knew that it was a serious matter to overstay shore leave.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for overstay


verb (transitive)
to stay beyond the time, limit, or duration of
(finance) to delay a transaction in (a market) until after the point at which the maximum profit would have been made
(NZ) to stay in New Zealand beyond (the period sanctioned by the immigration authorities or the period of a visitor's permit)
overstay one's welcome, outstay one's welcome, to stay (at a party, on a visit, etc), longer than pleases the host or hostess
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