Definition of overdue in English:

overdue

adjective

  • 1Not having arrived, happened, or been done by the expected time:

    ‘the rent was nearly three months overdue’
    ‘overdue bills’
    • ‘But when the masterpiece arrives, 37 years overdue, can it live up to its own myth?’
    • ‘This resignation was, I believe, widely expected and arguably long overdue.’
    • ‘I note that the bill itself is well over a year overdue, since the date of the Stockholm agreement, yet nowhere in the bill does it actually state what the exportation of those certain goods are.’
    • ‘All I'm saying is that we're 7 years overdue for skinny ties and narrow lapels.’
    • ‘But I do have a mountain of overdue schoolwork to do’
    • ‘The train to Central City had yet arrive and was overdue.’
    • ‘The refurbishment of the town hall in Naas, now three months overdue, is expected to cost in the region of half a million Euro.’
    • ‘In the late 1860s Whitman received overdue recognition in America as the early reactions to his radical style began to fade.’
    • ‘The goalie finally received his overdue medal during the first week of the games.’
    • ‘The amenities have not materialised and are now long overdue and residents are becoming uneasy about when they arrive.’
    late, not on time, behind schedule, behindhand, behind time, long-overdue, long-delayed, delayed, belated, tardy, unpunctual
    unpaid, unsettled, owing, owed, to be paid, payable, receivable, due, outstanding, undischarged, in arrears, in the red
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    1. 1.1 (of a woman) not having had a menstrual period at the expected time:
      ‘I was already a week-and-a-half overdue’
      • ‘I'm about three weeks overdue for my monthly snuffles, I reckon.’
    2. 1.2 (of a baby) not having been born by the expected time:
      ‘our daughter was six days overdue’
      • ‘Janelle, who is just 5ft 1in tall, went into labour when the baby was 12 days overdue.’
      • ‘We picked up our Chinese takeaways and raced home in time for the arrival of the baby - who was overdue in the end anyway.’
      • ‘Rachel couldn't wait for her second baby when she was eight days overdue, but little did she know that 30 minutes after having a bath she would be giving birth in the back of her partner's Ford Escort.’
      • ‘Still, the other girl's baby wasn't overdue so it appears to be the luck of the draw no matter what way you give birth.’
      • ‘I enjoyed my three supposedly overdue weeks, and my instinct was always that my baby was thriving.’
      • ‘Given that I have only 5 weeks of maternity leave, having the baby come even a week overdue could be a real drag.’
      • ‘It was thirteen years ago today that Lauren said: this baby is overdue, overdue, we might have to try castor oil now!’
      • ‘He wants desperately to be at the birth but the baby was four days overdue when he had to come to York for the UK event.’
      • ‘In due course, the drug worked and the amazing little baby even went a week overdue.’
      • ‘She was born two weeks overdue at 10.08 am on January 29.’
      • ‘The situation is placing an additional strain on the 20-year-old, whose baby is now one week overdue.’
    3. 1.3 (of a library book) retained longer than the period allowed.
      • ‘There is a slight sting in the tale for borrowers of library books that are overdue, however.’
      • ‘As I sat on the bus to university this night (late night mission to return some very overdue library books), I realised that I have a rule.’
      • ‘He says from now on they will not have to pay fines on their overdue library books, they cannot be arrested for being drunk and disorderly and they get free parking.’
      • ‘I'll be returning those overdue library books sharpish.’
      • ‘Rodney goes to Ireland to find an overdue library book.’
  • 2Having been needed for some time:

    ‘reform is now overdue’
    • ‘The three rest camps in Etosha are overdue for basic maintenance.’
    • ‘This is a reform that is well overdue.’
    • ‘Many critics are saying troop withdrawal is already overdue.’
    • ‘"Creating a network specifically for the LGBT community is something we've wanted to do for a long, long time, and it's an idea we feel is overdue," says the network's chairman.’
    • ‘The Legislature has been considering an overdue pay raise for judges all year.’
    • ‘Okay, that wage increase for home health workers was overdue.’
    • ‘The time is overdue for public outrage at the crimes being committed in the name of criminal justice.’
    • ‘That mediocre, built-on-the-cheap excuse for a bypass is overdue for an upgrade.’
    • ‘Change is overdue to the framework within which the international community approaches Burma.’
    • ‘Baillie's recent return to the form he showed in his youth is overdue.’
    • ‘Despite the financial uncertainty at the club, a contract offer seems overdue.’
    • ‘Back over a more suitable distance tomorrow, he can gain an overdue success in the hands of Tom Greenall.’
    • ‘These studies are overdue and of importance to our discipline if we are to be able to understand the significance and the role such awards play in our cultural development.’
    • ‘The nuclear family paradigm is well overdue for an overhaul.’
    • ‘It had been almost 10 years, so Barry was overdue for a visit.’
    • ‘Restructuring or increased regulation of the industry might be overdue.’
    1. 2.1 Having deserved or needed something for some time:
      ‘she was overdue for some leave’
      • ‘We're overdue for a rethinking of the United Nations in general, from top to bottom, including its underlying principles.’
      • ‘Regardless, council agreed, making an effort to fight the problem is long overdue.’
      • ‘A hardened approach to this problem is long overdue, but it must have teeth.’
      • ‘Action to address this problem is long overdue.’
      • ‘And on top of that, the economy itself was long overdue for a recovery almost regardless of what the government was going to do.’
      • ‘This is a terrifically fun, raw and guts-forward record that was way overdue for a larger audience.’
      • ‘The opening of any new playground or the development of designated play areas for children is long overdue and something to be welcomed wholeheartedly.’
      • ‘The need for consideration of the issue of truth in public and parliamentary discourse within democracies has been long overdue for re-examination.’
      • ‘A wind of change began blowing through the club earlier this year when members realised the premises were long overdue for refurbishment and the institution itself needed a fresher image.’
      • ‘This Toronto-born singer/pianist is way overdue for the big time.’
      • ‘This whole area is well overdue for public scrutiny and systematic reform.’
      • ‘On Saturday I had a seriously overdue haircut, and changed the style a little bit’
      • ‘Our 11 o'clock drinking curfew is antiquated and overdue for reform.’
      • ‘I, for one, believe numerology is long overdue for a revival.’
      • ‘The international laws that served us in the aftermath of the Second World War are overdue for reform.’
      • ‘This arcane system is now well overdue for reform.’
      • ‘We're long overdue for something like that to happen.’
      • ‘The spokesman said that Mr Byers admitted there were problems with the present formula and that change was long overdue.’
      • ‘It seems to me that a rethink of educational policy in the way pupils are taught and the subjects they learn at school is long overdue.’
      • ‘Bermuda's taxi drivers haven't had a fare increase since 1997, making them long overdue for an inflation-linked one even in the absence of any improvement in service.’

Pronunciation:

overdue

/əʊvəˈdjuː/