Definition of overdue in English:

overdue

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈdjuː
 
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adjective

  • 1Not having arrived, happened, or been done by the expected time: the rent was nearly three months overdue overdue bills
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    • But when the masterpiece arrives, 37 years overdue, can it live up to its own myth?
    • The train to Central City had yet arrive and was overdue.
    • This resignation was, I believe, widely expected and arguably long overdue.
    Synonyms
    late, not on time, behind schedule, behindhand, behind time, delayed, belated, tardy, unpunctualunpaid, unsettled, owing, owed, to be paid, payable, receivable, due, outstanding, undischarged, in arrears, in the red; North American delinquent, past due
  • 1.1(Of a woman) not having had a menstrual period at the expected time: I was already a week-and-a-half overdue
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    • I'm about three weeks overdue for my monthly snuffles, I reckon.
  • 1.2(Of a baby) not having been born by the expected time: our daughter was six days overdue
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    • Still, the other girl's baby wasn't overdue so it appears to be the luck of the draw no matter what way you give birth.
    • She was born two weeks overdue at 10.08 am on January 29.
    • It was thirteen years ago today that Lauren said: this baby is overdue, overdue, we might have to try castor oil now!
  • 1.3(Of a library book) retained longer than the period allowed.
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    • As I sat on the bus to university this night (late night mission to return some very overdue library books), I realised that I have a rule.
    • He says from now on they will not have to pay fines on their overdue library books, they cannot be arrested for being drunk and disorderly and they get free parking.
    • I'll be returning those overdue library books sharpish.
  • 2Having been needed for some time: reform is now overdue critics say action is long overdue
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    • All the guys I know think Annika Sorenstam's participation in the Colonial was an event long overdue.
    • Evaluating scouts - evaluating the entire process of scouting - is long overdue.
    • Restructuring or increased regulation of the industry might be overdue.
  • 2.1Having deserved or needed something for some time: she was overdue for some leave
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    • This arcane system is now well overdue for reform.
    • Our 11 o'clock drinking curfew is antiquated and overdue for reform.
    • The international laws that served us in the aftermath of the Second World War are overdue for reform.

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