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 Two overtime wins after twice erasing two-goal deficits in the third period. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild sticks with same script, tops Kings in OT for second straight game," 17 Jan. 2021 Belleville could have attempted to kick the extra point to extend the game to a third overtime, but coach Jermain Crowell put the ball in Dhue-Reid’s hands. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "How West Bloomfield football finally exacted revenge on Belleville to make state finals," 16 Jan. 2021 After the first employee died, a Pinduoduo hashtag circulated on Weibo with more than 250 million views and thousands of users weighing in to criticize the tech firm’s work culture and wondering if the employee’s overtime hours had led to her death. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "China’s consumers are turning against the homegrown Big Tech giants they once revered," 16 Jan. 2021 Despite Houston hitting 6 of 8 shots in the final 4:27, the Spurs had a chance to pull it out or force overtime trailing 107-105 coming out of a timeout with 8.5 seconds left. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs fall to short-handed Houston Rockets," 14 Jan. 2021 But, during overtime, his drawing of a charge while on defense followed by his left-handed driving layup on offense helped the visiting Cajuns to a 54-45 victory on Thursday. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Jordan Trahan helps Country Day top Newman in overtime," 14 Jan. 2021 Doing so also saves them millions of dollars on benefits, minimum wage, overtime and other expenses. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "California high court: ‘ABC test’ for gig workers is retroactive, in blow to Uber, Lyft," 14 Jan. 2021 The measure granted the delivery services an exemption from the law that would have required providing drivers with protections like minimum wage, overtime, health insurance, and reimbursement for expenses. Brian Melley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ride-share drivers challenge California ballot vote with lawsuit," 13 Jan. 2021 Along among Saban’s title teams, the 2017 squad lost a regular-season game by double-digits (26-14 at Auburn) and needed overtime to win the championship game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Ranking Nick Saban’s Alabama national championship teams," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2021

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“Overtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtime. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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