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[oh-ver-doo, -dyoo] /ˌoʊ vərˈdu, -ˈdyu/
past due, as a delayed train or a bill not paid by the assigned date; late:
two overdue library books.
too long awaited; needed or expected for some time:
Improvements in our highway system are long overdue.
more than sufficiently advanced, mature, or ready:
That country is overdue for industrial development.
Origin of overdue
1835-45; over- + due
Related forms
overdueness, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue.
1. tardy, behindhand. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overdue
  • Many experts warn that the world is overdue, and unprepared, for a global influenza pandemic.
  • Their three-week mission was akin to that of a doctor giving a patient a long-overdue physical exam.
  • Removing the artificial wall between academic and public history is long overdue.
  • We simply had some miscommunication between us about who was responsible for a couple of things, and bang, payments were overdue.
  • With battery technology advances long overdue, researchers are racing to develop more efficient ways to store power.
  • Out political system is long overdue for some major revisions.
  • Investment in the electrical grid is overdue, regardless of how our electricity is generated or consumed.
  • Many would argue that this experiment was necessary, worthwhile, and long overdue.
  • Librarian sends debt collectors after an eight-year-old with overdue books.
  • Everyone knew that compulsory testing of blood donors was long overdue.
British Dictionary definitions for overdue


past the time specified, required, or preferred for arrival, occurrence, payment, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overdue

"past the due date," 1845 of bills, 1890 of library books, 1970 of menstrual periods, from over- + due (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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