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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This means the stock is overdue for a short-term bounce. Schaeffer's Investment Research, Forbes, 6 July 2022 The outgoing Toyota Sequoia, introduced for 2008, was long overdue for a redesign, and the new 2023 model addresses some longstanding shortcomings—namely interior design and fuel economy. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 8 June 2022 Locarno’s Leopard of Honor, an award that has gone to the likes of Ken Loach, Agnès Varda, Werner Herzog and Jean-Luc Godard, seems overdue. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 Given the breadth of Belli’s work throughout the years, Primetime Emmy Awards recognition seems long overdue. Selome Hailu, Variety, 14 July 2022 And his performance was much-appreciated, as Pitt took home his (long overdue) first Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Derek Scancarelli, EW.com, 7 July 2022 The state’s trainers and owners generally support consistent nationwide regulations, with prominent industry figures saying the effort is overdue and likely to improve public perceptions of racing. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 The new Air Force Ones — which are designated VC-25B unless the president is on board — are already long overdue and over budget, causing Boeing (BA) to take a $660 million charge in its most recent quarterly financial report. Chris Isidore, CNN, 9 June 2022 Hartford — Metropolitan District customers with overdue and unpaid balances on their water bills are urged to apply for financial relief through the Connecticut Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, according to the agency. Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for overdue


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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