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/ 藢o蕣 v蓹r藞slip /
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verb (used without object), o路ver路slept, o路ver路sleep路ing.
to sleep beyond the proper or intended time of waking: He overslept and missed his train.
verb (used with object), o路ver路slept, o路ver路sleep路ing.
to sleep beyond (a certain hour): She had overslept her usual time of arising.
to let (oneself) sleep past the hour of arising: Of all mornings to oversleep myself!
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Origin of oversleep

Middle English word dating back to 1350鈥1400; see origin at over-, sleep
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British Dictionary definitions for oversleep

/ (藢蓹蕣v蓹藞sli藧p) /

verb -sleeps, -sleeping or -slept
(intr) to sleep beyond the intended time for getting up
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