over·​due | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdue (audio) , -ˈdyü \

Definition of overdue

1a : unpaid when due an overdue bill
b : delayed beyond an appointed time an overdue train overdue library books
2 : too great : excessive an overdue share of the profits
3 : more than ready overdue for a haircut

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Examples of overdue in a Sentence

She reminded him that the rent was overdue. He has many overdue bills. The train is 10 minutes overdue.
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Recent Examples on the Web Moynihan Hall is dazzling, a spiffy attraction, and at least a first step in the long-overdue updating of Penn Station. Richard Zoglin, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Jones hopes that customers who love the product will also consider buying shares of the business, giving the co-op a long-overdue opportunity to scale. Nikishka Iyengar, Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 What’s needed are long-overdue, serious policy discussions and action. Dan Doonan, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Now, perhaps a long-overdue apology from the city will follow. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2021 Such legislation is much-needed and long-overdue for LGBTQ Americans, who today can still be denied basic opportunities in 29 states. Trey Grayson, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2021 Participants also say the co-op fills a long-overdue need in shifting a robust community away from brand-name theaters like Upright Citizens Brigade, the Second City, iO and Groundlings into one that is owned and governed by the community. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Karp is right that the NFL’s race-norming controversy has prompted what several experts have acknowledged is a long-overdue discussion in neuropsychology about the practice. Will Hobson, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 Yellen also said Tuesday that Biden's spending proposals would address long-overdue U.S. infrastructure needs and prepare the country to meet future challenges. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of overdue

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Overdue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdue. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overdue

: not paid at an expected or required time
: not appearing or presented by a stated, expected, or required time
used to say that something should have happened or been done before now


over·​due | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdue (audio) , -ˈdyü \

Kids Definition of overdue

1 : not paid when due overdue bills
2 : delayed beyond an expected time The plane was an hour overdue.
3 : more than ready He is overdue for a haircut.

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