- 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
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1. tardy, behindhand.
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Examples from the Web for overdue
And if horse racing endures and survives, it will be the result of an overdue focus on the august animal that defines the pastime.How Kentucky Will Save Horse Racing From Itself
September 4, 2014
During the chaos, many old grudges were settled, sometimes under the guise of overdue justice.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat
June 3, 2014
It felt good to write ... overdue, words as witness to the mistakes and record of the sacrifices.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Iraqi Highway Patrolman
John Kael Weston
March 20, 2013
By contrast, the Obama administration at least has started to enact some overdue executive orders.Lone Star College Shooting Proves Handguns on Campus Is a Bad Idea
January 23, 2013
The portion of loans that were more than 30 days overdue fell from 2.32 percent to 1.87 percent.Goldman & JP Are Still Tops—But Dimon Takes a Pay Cut
January 16, 2013
And Joe Nelson had not yet returned from Forks; he was at least five hours overdue.The Night Riders
We are overdue now for my tryst with this new governor at New Chicago!The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
She crawled on, do or die, and people at home began to think of posting us as overdue.Youth
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
- past the time specified, required, or preferred for arrival, occurrence, payment, etc
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Word Origin and History for overdue
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