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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
1835-1845
1835-45; over- + due
Related forms
overdueness, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue.
Synonyms
1. tardy, behindhand.
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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

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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