overdue

adjective
over·​due | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdue (audio) , -ˈdyü\

Definition of overdue

1a : unpaid when due an overdue bill
b : delayed beyond an appointed time an overdue train overdue library books
2 : too great : excessive an overdue share of the profits
3 : more than ready overdue for a haircut

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Examples of overdue in a Sentence

She reminded him that the rent was overdue. He has many overdue bills. The train is 10 minutes overdue.
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Honestly, this was probably overdue! 2) Hot Dog’s kidnapping. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Archie's already made a terrible decision.," 11 Oct. 2018 Germany is well overdue a national debate over its security strategy. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 Open discussion on this subject is essential and overdue. WSJ, "Who Should Gain From Your Medical Data?," 29 Nov. 2018 Trump and his supporters have said that the tough stance on immigration enforcement is long overdue and will deter migrants from crossing the border illegally. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Movement to 'Abolish ICE' grows amid Trump's hard-liner immigration enforcement," 1 July 2018 The callers claim that gas bills are overdue and subject to disconnection of service. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Lawrenceville police alert residents to latest phone scam," 21 June 2018 The time is long overdue for the United States to stop following the lead of Saudi Arabia, a brutal regime that recently murdered a dissident journalist and has no respect for human rights. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Senate debates resolution to end US support for war in Yemen," 13 Dec. 2018 The trip here is long overdue—my father has been gone for over a year, my mother for more than two. Robert J. Toth, WSJ, "The Stuff Our Parents Left Behind," 18 Nov. 2018 Clearly, this casting is long overdue, and there’s no excuse for lack of representation. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Awkwafina Will Host "Saturday Night Live" on October 6," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overdue

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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overdue

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overdue

: not paid at an expected or required time
: not appearing or presented by a stated, expected, or required time
used to say that something should have happened or been done before now

overdue

adjective
over·​due | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdue (audio) , -ˈdyü\

Kids Definition of overdue

1 : not paid when due overdue bills
2 : delayed beyond an expected time The plane was an hour overdue.
3 : more than ready He is overdue for a haircut.

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