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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Despite its historic significance, the shift away from the iTunes brand is long overdue, and should have begun when the company launched Apple Music back in 2015. Micah Singleton, Billboard, "Apple Announces New Apple Music App, Replacing iTunes, at WWDC 2019," 3 June 2019 The museum seems somewhat overdue given Lady Liberty's iconic status throughout history. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "The Statue of Liberty Museum Debuts With Oprah, Seth Meyers, and DVF," 16 May 2019 While the move will be welcomed by Chilean victims as overdue, the decision could spark a religious debate for those who see it as a second punishment for the same crime. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal," 28 Sep. 2018 Our work over the past few years tells us that mandate is overdue for a 21st century update that reflects the needs of today’s parks users. Michael Mantell, The Mercury News, "Opinion: State parks vision must look beyond expansion," 14 June 2019 Brown, who died in a car wreck in 1992, was a force on the mid-1980s ‘Canes and is long overdue for induction. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Picking the 2020 class for College Football Hall of Fame," 4 June 2019 The Senate passed the bill by a sweeping 85-8 vote on its way out of Washington May 23, a margin that reflected a consensus that the bill is long overdue. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Congress finally sends long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to Trump," 3 June 2019 As Google Gmail turns fifteen—yes, on April 1—the company is finally adding some long-overdue features, such as the ability to schedule email. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google Gmail celebrates 15 years by adding scheduled email and Smart Compose for mobile," 1 Apr. 2019 The folks who put up those unsightly and annoying signs are way overdue to take them down. latimes.com, "Koll Center project would not impact established residential neighborhoods," 8 June 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 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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