over·time | \ˈō-vər-ˌtīm \

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

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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

Kentucky’s journey included heartbreak, with a 104-103 overtime loss to eventual champion Duke in the 1992 NCAA Tournament East Region final. Gary B. Graves, BostonGlobe.com, "C.M. Newton, had 50-year basketball career as player, coach, administrator, dies at 88," 5 June 2018 Top seeds Scarlet & Gray, a batch of Buckeye alums fresh off a double-overtime loss to Team Challenge ALS in last year's semis, returns with Jared Sullinger leading the charge. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Jimmer Fredette, Matt Barnes Headline Deep Fields For Fifth Annual TBT," 5 June 2018 Perhaps a 19-point loss was a bit easier to swallow than an overtime loss spurred by miscues and missed calls. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "As the NBA Finals moves to Cleveland, LeBron James returns home, but for how long?," 5 June 2018 Both lawsuits accuse the Texans of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to cheerleaders and subjecting them to unsafe working conditions. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Texans cheerleaders drop lawsuit, opt for arbitration," 11 July 2018 Records specialists are among the police-department staff most likely to accrue overtime because of a backlog of requests. Rachel Alexander, The Seattle Times, "Spokane police chief against posting full internal investigations, body-camera video online," 9 July 2018 Lauren-Brooke Eisen, with the Brennan Center for Justice, said understaffing is a problem in at least 16 other states and that the issue is often addressed through overtime. CBS News, "Deadly uprising at Delaware prison highlights widespread understaffing problem," 7 July 2018 The department said its investigation found that the franchisee violated the Fair Labor Standards Act in its failure to account for and pay its employees overtime wages and keep minor workers safe. Rebecca Aydin, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area Jack in the Box franchisee fined for alleged labor violations," 6 July 2018 When the race went to overtime, Stenhouse also was involved in the multi-car crash that occurred on the frontstretch as the field eyed the white flag. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knee deep in the chaos of Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of overtime

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to overtime

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11 Oct 2018

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The first known use of overtime was in 1791

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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 \

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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