Definition of overtime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌtīm/


1Time in addition to what is normal, as time worked beyond one’s scheduled working hours: fewer opportunities for overtime [as modifier]: an overtime ban
More example sentences
  • And how his heart flamed when his loathsome boss slapped on the additional insult of overtime hours or weekend work.
  • Since 16 February they have worked strictly to their agreed hours and banned unpaid overtime, which the museums depend on to keep functioning.
  • Employers added 340,000 jobs, while the length of the average workweek rose and manufacturing workers spent more overtime hours on the job.
1.1Payment for time worked beyond one’s scheduled hours.
Example sentences
  • Management has not paid wages, overtime or welfare payments for May and June.
  • Everything else is tied to performance related pay, a major increase in pay differences between workers in different areas doing the same job, and loss of overtime and bonus payments.
  • The obvious answer is to put more money in by increasing your monthly contributions (or skimming off an annual bonus, overtime or other payment).
1.2North American Extra time played at the end of a game that is tied at the end of the regulation time: they lost in overtime
More example sentences
  • Not playing overtime and having games end in ties would be more fair than the rules as they stand today, and nobody wants to see ties, so the league needs to make a change.
  • Do you remember nailing a 37-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to send that game into overtime?
  • The Texans turned three turnovers into 17 points and blocked a field goal in overtime to keep the game tied.


In addition to normal working hours: they were working overtime to fulfill a big order figurative his brain was working overtime
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  • He had worked two hours overtime and still he had not got anywhere near the end of what his boss wanted.
  • Alvin says he now works overtime to keep his grades up.
  • The 15 Minutes Of Fame Department has been working overtime the last few months, and it gets a bit exhausting at times, but it's all for a good cause.

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Syllabification: o·ver·time

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