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 On Albertville’s possession, Ben Allen scored on a 2-yard run, but Alex Mateo’s PAT was wide left, sending the game to a second overtime. al, "Albertville rallies to edge Boaz 34-33 in double-OT thriller," 26 Sep. 2020 Cleveland will likely spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on overtime for police, who will provide security, and other workers, who will erect and later remove barricades and clean streets. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "This time, Cleveland’s moment in the world spotlight could bring ‘risks without the benefits’," 26 Sep. 2020 Adding full-time firefighters would cut down on overtime and allow the department to maintain an acceptable level of experienced firefighters to fill essential positions, Bennett said. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "Fairfield plan to add full-time firefighters would need voters to pass a levy," 25 Sep. 2020 Department brass relied heavily on overtime to maintain adequate staffing levels as 911 calls surged. Maryjo Webster, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis paid more than $3.3 million in police overtime in wake of George Floyd's death," 24 Sep. 2020 Herbert completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception and helped L.A. take the defending Super Bowl champions to overtime before Kansas City prevailed, 23-20. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFLPA investigating claim that Chargers doctor punctured QB Tyrod Taylor's lung with pain-killing injection," 23 Sep. 2020 Overall, the state police spent $19.7 million on overtime during the 2018 fiscal year and $26.2 million during the 2019 fiscal year. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Connecticut state police overtime surging, auditors say; working 15 hours per day is common. One trooper earned $190,000 in overtime.," 22 Sep. 2020 Yet the mail handling tactics were among several operational changes — including the removal of hundreds of mail sorting machines and a crackdown on overtime — that took effect that month and were later blamed for widespread delivery slowdowns. Washington Post, "Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives," 18 Sep. 2020 His 1-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime, though the Bears lost 30-27. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "The Bears' running back committee performed with purpose in Week 1. Tarik Cohen — a self-described ‘bruising back’ — expects the same against the Giants.," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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30 Sep 2020

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“Overtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtime. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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