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

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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

McAvoy’s fourth goal of the season came with 1:01 left in overtime. Gideon Rubin, The Seattle Times, "McAvoy’s OT goal sends Bruins to 6th straight win," 18 Feb. 2019 When the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime to advance to Sunday’s Super Bowl, some fans complained that tossing a coin to see which of two evenly matched teams gets the ball first isn’t fair. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Fans Flip Out Over NFL’s Rule on Coin Toss and Overtime. Is It Fair?," 1 Feb. 2019 But that’s exactly what the San Francisco 49ers did on Sunday in their 26-23 overtime win over their NFC West division rival. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Live chat rewind | Why didn’t the Seahawks cut their kicker? How to beat KC?," 18 Dec. 2018 LeBron James turned in a brilliant 51-point performance in a game Golden State managed to win anyway, but all anyone is going to remember from the Warriors' 124-114 overtime win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals is going to be J.R. Smith. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Internet flooded with J.R. Smith memes after NBA Finals blunder," 1 June 2018 An overtime win against Notre Dame, while initially significant, lost some of its luster as the Fighting Irish failed to make the NCAA tournament. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Stronger opponents wanted for IU basketball's nonconference schedule," 31 May 2018 Lyon, who made 94 saves in a five-overtime win over Charlotte in the conference semifinals, has a 1.84 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage in nine playoff games this season. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Phantoms fall into 2-0 series hole after overtime loss to Toronto," 20 May 2018 Miles, the sharpshooter off the Raptors' vaunted bench, made two 3s and finished with six points in Cleveland's 113-112 overtime win. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers want to take C.J. Miles 'out of series' and Larry Nance Jr. is out of rotation for now," 3 May 2018 After a season of offensive fireworks and conference championships that both went into overtime, Sunday’s game was a defensive struggle where the teams were tied 3-3 entering the fourth quarter. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of overtime

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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