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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Recent Examples on the Web Eric Church's fans were in a similar uproar, also believing that the country superstar was long overdue for the CMA's highest honor. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Garth Brooks Pulls His Name from Consideration for CMA Entertainer of the Year," 29 July 2020 Some scholars see the current waves of activism that sprouted primarily from the Black Lives Matter movement as a precursor to overdue structural reform. Steve Helber, National Geographic, "As monuments fall, how does the world reckon with a racist past?," 29 June 2020 The Apple Maps app will be updated with bicycle directions, which has been a popular feature on the Google Maps app for some time and is long overdue. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "5 New features I'm excited about in Apple's iOS 14," 6 July 2020 Lemon, a frequent Trump critic, said America is long overdue for a reexamination of the dignitaries people revere. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Don Lemon: People should 'unlearn' Civil War 'propaganda' to understand movement to take down Confederate statues," 7 July 2020 Women of color cast their vote and confirmed that inclusive makeup brands were well overdue and in high demand. Sharon Brandwein, USA TODAY, "11 inclusive makeup brands with products for all skin tones," 1 July 2020 Microsoft also made two general improvements to Game Bar that had been long overdue: the ability to adjust the transparency of widgets via a sliding scale, and the choice to make those widgets clickable or not. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's Xbox Game Bar adds a widget store and much-needed transparency controls," 1 July 2020 For Black Mississippians, the move is long overdue. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Decision To Remove Confederate Emblem From State Flag Brings Range Of Emotions For Black Mississippians," 29 June 2020 But considering how Elijah McClain was killed, this reckoning is long overdue. refinery29.com, "The Public Reckoning Of Elijah McClain’s Death Is Long Overdue," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of overdue

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Overdue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdue. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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