Definition of overdue in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·due
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈd(y)o͞o


  • 1Not having arrived, happened, or been done by the expected time: the rent was nearly three months overdue
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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.
    late, behind schedule, behind time, delayed, unpunctualunpaid, unsettled, owing, owed, payable, due, outstanding, undischarged, delinquent
  • 1.1(Of a woman) having gone beyond the expected time for a menstrual period.
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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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