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overdue

[oh-ver-doo, -dyoo] /ˌoʊ vərˈdu, -ˈdyu/
adjective
1.
past due, as a delayed train or a bill not paid by the assigned date; late:
two overdue library books.
2.
too long awaited; needed or expected for some time:
Improvements in our highway system are long overdue.
3.
more than sufficiently advanced, mature, or ready:
That country is overdue for industrial development.
Origin of overdue
1835-1845
1835-45; over- + due
Related forms
overdueness, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue.
Synonyms
1. tardy, behindhand.
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  • I wait, with Madame my wife, the coming of our brigade from York, now one day overdue.

  • She crawled on, do or die, and people at home began to think of posting us as overdue.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • The turnkey snarled, "She was posted as overdue three days ago."

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The president had threatened him if he did not pay what was overdue.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The great line which boasted that it had never lost a life held its stanchest steamer three days—four days overdue.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for overdue

overdue

/ˌəʊvəˈdjuː/
adjective
1.
past the time specified, required, or preferred for arrival, occurrence, payment, etc
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Word Origin and History for overdue
adj.

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

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