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

When Gaskin scored from 2 yards with 58 seconds left, overtime seemed likely. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 championship the next step in UW’s short — but intense — rivalry with Utah," 28 Nov. 2018 Sacom, a human rights group, claims Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese Apple supplier, employed students illegally and required them to work overtime and night shifts with only one day off per week. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Apple is investigating a report that illegal student labor was used to build Apple Watches," 29 Oct. 2018 The employee alerted a state trooper working an overtime assignment at the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration location in Glen Burnie. Fox News, "Man waiting for driving test found with gun, drugs in vehicle, cops say," 2 Oct. 2018 Salaried employees, and all other workers who are exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act, are not covered. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 After an impressive performance in the 2017 playoffs, the Oilers sank last season, finishing with a 36-40 record plus six overtime losses. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Hockey’s Best Player Wants to Bring the Stanley Cup Back to Edmonton," 9 Nov. 2018 The team, featuring three North Koreans and nine players from the South, will take on either Japan or China for the gold medal after overturning their two-point overtime loss to Taiwan in the group stage. John Pye, Fox News, "Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold," 30 Aug. 2018 UConn is 140-2 since the seniors first arrived, with an undefeated national championship season followed by two overtime losses in the Final Four. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "UConn Women Back On Campus, Joined By Freshmen, As Focus Shifts To 2018-19," 31 May 2018 Summer temperatures have reached scorching highs over the past several decades and, for many, that likely means your air conditioners are working overtime. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Are air conditioners slowly killing us?," 11 July 2018

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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 \

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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