overdue

adjective

over·​due ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdue (audio)
-ˈdyü
1
a
: 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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdue was in 1763

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“Overdue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdue. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

overdue

adjective
over·​due ˌō-vər-ˈd(y)ü How to pronounce overdue (audio)
1
a
: unpaid when due
overdue bills
b
: not appearing or presented on time
an overdue train
an overdue book
2
: more than ready
a country overdue for governmental reform

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