night - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the part of each 24-hour period when it is dark

    It was a lovely starlit night.

    all night long:

    It rained all night (long).

    at night:

    The parties usually take place at night.

    by night:

    Owls hunt by night.

    1. a.
      the time when most people are sleeping

      I woke up in the middle of the night.

      spend the night:

      He spent the night in prison.

    2. b.


      if someone works nights, or is on nights, they go to work at night

      Phil is working nights this week.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the time between the end of the afternoon and the time when people go to bed

    Most nights Jan helps the kids with their homework.

    last/yesterday night:

    Did you watch the football on TV last night?

    last thing at night:

    I usually drink tea last thing at night (=just before I go to bed).

    the other night (=a few nights ago):

    I went round to see her the other night.

    1. a.
      [countable] an evening when a particular event takes place

      midsummer night

      The next quiz night is on Thursday 19 May.

      We’re looking forward to a night at the pub.

    2. b.
      [countable] a particular evening on which a play or concert is performed

      the opening night of Julius Caesar

      the last night of the proms

  3. 3
    spoken used for saying goodbye or good night when you leave someone at night

    Night, then! See you tomorrow!

  4. 4
    [singular] literary a period of great sadness, failure etc

    the dark night of the soul

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