[noun, adverb, adjective oh-ver-tahym; verb oh-ver-tahym]
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  1. working time before or after one's regularly scheduled working hours; extra working time.
  2. pay for such time (distinguished from straight time).
  3. time in excess of a prescribed period.
  4. Sports. an additional period of play for deciding the winner of a game in which the contestants are tied at the end of the regular playing period.
  1. during overtime: to work overtime.
  1. of or for overtime: overtime pay.
verb (used with object), o·ver·timed, o·ver·tim·ing.
  1. to give too much time to (a photographic exposure).

Origin of overtime

First recorded in 1530–40; over- + time
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extra, supplementary, added

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noun (ˈəʊvəˌtaɪm)
    1. work at a regular job done in addition to regular working hours
    2. (as modifier)overtime pay
  1. the rate of pay established for such work
  2. time in excess of a set period
  3. sport, US and Canadian extra time
adverb (ˈəʊvəˌtaɪm)
  1. beyond the regular or stipulated time
verb (ˌəʊvəˈtaɪm)
  1. (tr) to exceed the required time for (a photographic exposure)
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Word Origin and History for overtime

"time above the regular hours of work," 1846, from over- + time (n.). Sporting sense first attested 1921, in an ice hockey context.

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