over·​due | \ˌō-vər-ˈdü, -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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The government has meanwhile enacted a series of long-overdue economic reforms — including painful subsidy cuts and the floatation of the currency. Maggie Michael, USA TODAY, "Egypt election begins with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi certain winner," 26 Mar. 2018 The government has meanwhile enacted a series of long-overdue economic reforms — including painful subsidy cuts and the floatation of the currency. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "In Egypt's election, turnout provides the only suspense," 25 Mar. 2018 Simple upgrades like adding more meat and vegetables to old standbys like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup are long overdue. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Campbell Investors Should Vote for Change," 15 Nov. 2018 But other people thought the move was long overdue. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "‘The Big Bang Theory’ Is Officially Ending After 12 Seasons, and Fans Are Devastated," 22 Aug. 2018 And our representatives could act to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, a move that’s a decade overdue. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Women Owe Almost $400 Billion More in Student Debt Than Men Do. You Can Blame That on the Patriarchy.," 24 May 2018 Wolf's Crossing in the village is long overdue for improvements, Oswego officials said. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Wolf's Crossing Road in Oswego may be widened and include roundabouts," 27 June 2018 The program has long been overdue for an update to add mechanisms for oversight and accountability, but eliminating it is not the solution. Jonathan Trent, STAT, "For cancer patients, Trump’s drug pricing proposal falls short," 22 May 2018 Our final destination also was other-worldly: Myrdalsjokull glacier, the country's fourth largest, which sits atop Katla, an active volcano that is overdue for an eruption. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Touring Iceland's South Coast: Ice caves, black sand beaches and wet clothes (photos)," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of overdue

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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, -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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