[ 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
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/ (ˌəʊvəˈsteɪ) /

verb (tr)

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 or outstay one's welcome to stay (at a party, on a visit, etc), longer than pleases the host or hostess
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