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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
First recorded in 1835-45; over- + due
Related forms
overdueness, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue.
1. tardy, behindhand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I wait, with Madame my wife, the coming of our brigade from York, now one day overdue.

  • He passed the flagman, going like a brunet typhoon ten days overdue.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • The turnkey snarled, "She was posted as overdue three days ago."

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Hoxer was glad that he was due and overdue to be gone from the locality.

    The Crucial Moment Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • 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


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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