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

This isn’t the first time Rockstar has been accused of this kind of excessive and enforced overtime. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Rockstar clarifies Red Dead Redemption 2’s ‘100-hour work week,’ following backlash," 15 Oct. 2018 The records showed staggering levels of overtime that pushed many trooper salaries above $200,000. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 2018 Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, with defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track. Mark Long, chicagotribune.com, "Erik Jones gets first Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona," 7 July 2018 Click on an employee's name to see a detailed breakdown of overtime, compensatory and other kinds of pay, as well as hire and termination dates. jsonline.com, "Search the 2017 salaries and compensation data for more than 44,000 Wisconsin state employees.," 28 Apr. 2018 Spencer has plans to take odd jobs, and Alcaraz, who works 40 hours a week at the hospital, has been taking some overtime, but that means even more time away from Paysen. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 Bailey, who had the overtime winner in Game 1 on Wednesday night, then gave the Islanders a two-goal lead with a power-play score with 8:22 remaining on New York’s sixth man-advantage of the night. Vin A. Cherwoo, The Seattle Times, "Eberle, Bailey help Islanders beat Penguins 3-1 in Game 2," 13 Apr. 2019 After three excruciating overtimes and the most epic game of his life, the 18-year-old kid bound for NBA superstardom was broken. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Greek Mythology of the NBA’s Superstar," 2 Apr. 2019 Mamadi Diakite hit a short jumper at the end of regulation to keep the Cavaliers alive, and then Virginia outlasted Purdue, 80-75, in overtime of the South Regional final on Saturday night. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "Virginia Outlasts Purdue to Head to Final Four," 31 Mar. 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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