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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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 Oregon sits about 70 miles from the Cascadia subduction zone, an offshore fault line that's overdue for a big quake. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Easing earthquake mandate for old brick buildings might just delay inevitable, experts say," 9 May 2018 The airport’s two runways remain in active use but are overdue for maintenance work. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Old Detroit City Airport crumbles as city rejects offers of millions," 13 Apr. 2018 Republicans say change was overdue for the outmoded restrictions. Todd Shields, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Claims CNN, Network TV News Are ‘Worried’ About Sinclair," 2 Apr. 2018 Six miles down the coast from the border fence, the city’s largest sewage treatment plant, now three decades old, failing and stretched beyond capacity, has been long overdue for replacement. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana sewage spills have been an environmental problem for decades so what's the solution?," 25 Mar. 2018 Given all their classic matchups in recent years, perhaps the Trinity-Ballard boys basketball rivalry was overdue for a blowout. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Trinity rolls past Ballard for Seventh Region boys basketball title," 5 Mar. 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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