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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But as important as today’s hearing may have been, a Congressional inquiry into the lack of diversity in federal law enforcement is long overdue. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The FBI Is Still So White: raceAhead," 24 July 2019 For one of the busiest but smallest libraries in the seven-branch system, an upgrade is long overdue. Lydia Gerike, courant.com, "Graciela Rivera spent her childhood at the Park Street library. As branch manager, she’ll help it flourish in a new building.," 23 July 2019 Such additions to expand the airport’s cargo capacity are long overdue, said an architect on one of the projects. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Two big air cargo projects proposed for Anchorage International Airport," 19 July 2019 The act, the commission and the guidelines have been a disaster, and a debate by lawmakers about their status is long overdue. Lynn S. Adelman, Twin Cities, "Lynn S. Adelman: There’s another tough-on-crime law Democrats should focus their criticism on," 12 July 2019 Vafa thinks a concerted search for definitely stable de Sitter universe models is long overdue. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory," 9 Aug. 2018 Ghazipur grows at the rate of approximately 33 feet every year, and has swelled so much in size that India's Supreme Court now says the pile is overdue for warning signals to alert passing aircraft of the crash hazard. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Monstrous Trash Pile Is Killing Locals—and Only Getting Bigger," 10 June 2019 Prices start at $2,499, and product will start shipping in May. The Razer Blade Pro 17 was long overdue for a refresh, and almost everything is new—and more compact. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer revamps the Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nvidia RTX in a trimmer package," 23 Apr. 2019 After years or revisions, scores of contentious meetings, an outside mediator and the abandonment of talks by half of the stakeholders, Oregon wildlife commissioners approved the state’s long-overdue Wolf Management Plan on Friday. oregonlive.com, "Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt hotly contested wolf management plan," 7 June 2019

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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 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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