over·​time | \ ˈō-vər-ˌtīm How to pronounce overtime (audio) \

Definition of overtime

1 : time in excess of a set limit: such as
a : working time in excess of a standard day or week
b : an extra period of play in a contest
2 : the wage paid for overtime

Other Words from overtime

overtime adverb

Examples of overtime in a Sentence

I worked two hours of overtime last week. He was doing a lot of overtime to save for his vacation. How much did you earn last month in overtime? The game went into overtime. They lost the game in overtime.
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Recent Examples on the Web As tensions rose near the end of regulation and into overtime, things began to heat up on and off the field. Ian Garcia, The Arizona Republic, 21 Jan. 2022 Milan Hejduk scores on a penalty shot 59 seconds into overtime to give the Avalanche a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 Sophomore Lola Rocci scored 53 seconds into overtime, lifting the Marauders (5-4) to a Middlesex League win at Skip Viglirolo Rink. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Jankowski scored nine points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t prevent Waukegan from erasing the Knights’ 50-35 lead in the final eight minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime. Darren Day, chicagotribune.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Kaiden James tied it at 64 with a minute left to send it into overtime. Lori Riley, courant.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Taylor Hall scored off a rebound of David Pastrnak’s shot 1:41 into overtime, lifting the red-hot Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday in Boston. San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Jan. 2022 Taylor Gauthier stopped 48 of 51 and James Stefan scored the winner 6 seconds into overtime. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2022 Robert Williams made two free throws to cut the lead to two with 34.6 seconds left and Jayson Tatum made a midrange jumper over Torrey Craig with 1.8 seconds left to send the game into overtime. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of overtime

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overtime was in 1791

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“Overtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtime. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of overtime

: time spent working at your job that is in addition to your normal working hours
: the money paid for work that is done in addition to your normal working hours
: extra time added to a game when the score is tied at the end of the normal playing time


over·​time | \ ˈō-vər-ˌtīm How to pronounce overtime (audio) \

Kids Definition of overtime

1 : time spent working that is more than one usually works in a day or a week
2 : extra time added to a game when the score is tied at the end of the normal playing time


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