[ 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).

  1. time in excess of a prescribed period.

  2. 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

Words Nearby overtime

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British Dictionary definitions for overtime


    • work at a regular job done in addition to regular working hours

    • (as modifier): overtime pay

  1. the rate of pay established for such work

  1. time in excess of a set period

  2. sport, US and Canadian extra time

  1. beyond the regular or stipulated time

  1. (tr) to exceed the required time for (a photographic exposure)

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