[ 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

o·ver·due·ness, noun

Can be confused

overdo overdue
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British Dictionary definitions for overdue


/ (ˌəʊvəˈdjuː) /


past the time specified, required, or preferred for arrival, occurrence, payment, etc
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