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 James said major change and the welcoming of new voices at the journal were long overdue. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 2 June 2021 As Endolyn writes, the show’s truth-telling about the history of American cuisine has been long overdue. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2021 And while the release of HOTH is a watershed moment, the series is long overdue. Chala Tyson Tshitundu, Bon Appétit, 24 May 2021 For many of these residents, last summer’s events have forced a reckoning that was long overdue. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2021 Critics said the ban was long overdue and done to placate protesters. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 For Seoul and Washington, reconceptualizing Beijing’s role regarding Pyongyang and the Indo-Pacific generally is long overdue. John Bolton, WSJ, 23 May 2021 There are many who would say Van Dyke’s upcoming Kennedy Center honor is long overdue. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 The vast majority supported it, saying city leadership's promises of transparency were long overdue. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of overdue

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of overdue was in 1763

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5 Jun 2021

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“Overdue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdue. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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