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

With 12 rookies on the Vikings’ roster, nose tackle Linval Joseph is ready to work overtime. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings start season with a dozen rookies, a Mike Zimmer-era record," 6 Sep. 2019 Understaffing in the prisons has created safety concerns for officers who must often work overtime to help fill the gap. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Inmate attorneys ask feds to take control of Arizona's prison healthcare system," 6 Sep. 2019 The Saints worked overtime to get their first victory of the season – a 27-26 win over Park Crossing on Friday night at E. E. Delaney Stadium. al, "St. Paul’s earns dramatic overtime victory, beats Park Crossing," 31 Aug. 2019 Many physicians have to work overtime, or work several jobs, in order to support themselves and their families. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, county health department investigators are working overtime to keep measles from spreading further in the community. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County reports first flu death," 21 Aug. 2019 They are routinely expected to work overtime for no pay. The Economist, "For some in China, the aim of travel is to create 15-second videos," 15 Aug. 2019 Goman, the founder and head brewer, inherited a 7-barrel brewhouse that is working overtime. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Copier salesman hits reset button, starts Second Profession: Portland Breweries Series," 29 July 2019 Both Santa Clara and Fremont have cops working overtime — in both marked and unmarked cars — to patrol parking lots where there’s been a high rate of the crimes. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Bay Area police to get nearly $4 million of state surplus to combat car break-ins," 26 July 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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