Definition of overdue in English:



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

    ‘the rent was nearly three months overdue’
    ‘overdue bills’
    • ‘The refurbishment of the town hall in Naas, now three months overdue, is expected to cost in the region of half a million Euro.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when the masterpiece arrives, 37 years overdue, can it live up to its own myth?’
    • ‘The goalie finally received his overdue medal during the first week of the games.’
    • ‘In the late 1860s Whitman received overdue recognition in America as the early reactions to his radical style began to fade.’
    • ‘But I do have a mountain of overdue schoolwork to do’
    • ‘The train to Central City had yet arrive and was overdue.’
    • ‘All I'm saying is that we're 7 years overdue for skinny ties and narrow lapels.’
    • ‘The amenities have not materialised and are now long overdue and residents are becoming uneasy about when they arrive.’
    • ‘This resignation was, I believe, widely expected and arguably long overdue.’
    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’
      • ‘In due course, the drug worked and the amazing little baby even went a week overdue.’
      • ‘Given that I have only 5 weeks of maternity leave, having the baby come even a week overdue could be a real drag.’
      • ‘We picked up our Chinese takeaways and raced home in time for the arrival of the baby - who was overdue in the end anyway.’
      • ‘I enjoyed my three supposedly overdue weeks, and my instinct was always that my baby was thriving.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Janelle, who is just 5ft 1in tall, went into labour when the baby was 12 days overdue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was thirteen years ago today that Lauren said: this baby is overdue, overdue, we might have to try castor oil now!’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3(of a library book) retained longer than the period allowed.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a slight sting in the tale for borrowers of library books that are overdue, however.’
      • ‘Rodney goes to Ireland to find an overdue library book.’
      • ‘I'll be returning those overdue library books sharpish.’
  • 2Having been needed for some time.

    ‘reform is now overdue’
    • ‘It had been almost 10 years, so Barry was overdue for a visit.’
    • ‘Restructuring or increased regulation of the industry might be overdue.’
    • ‘Okay, that wage increase for home health workers was overdue.’
    • ‘That mediocre, built-on-the-cheap excuse for a bypass is overdue for an upgrade.’
    • ‘Despite the financial uncertainty at the club, a contract offer seems overdue.’
    • ‘The time is overdue for public outrage at the crimes being committed in the name of criminal justice.’
    • ‘The nuclear family paradigm is well overdue for an overhaul.’
    • ‘This is a reform that is well overdue.’
    • ‘Baillie's recent return to the form he showed in his youth is 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.’
    • ‘The three rest camps in Etosha are overdue for basic maintenance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Change is overdue to the framework within which the international community approaches Burma.’
    • ‘Many critics are saying troop withdrawal is already overdue.’
    • ‘Back over a more suitable distance tomorrow, he can gain an overdue success in the hands of Tom Greenall.’
    1. 2.1Having deserved or needed something for some time.
      ‘she was overdue for some leave’
      • ‘I, for one, believe numerology is long overdue for a revival.’
      • ‘This whole area is well overdue for public scrutiny and systematic reform.’
      • ‘This Toronto-born singer/pianist is way overdue for the big time.’
      • ‘The opening of any new playground or the development of designated play areas for children is long overdue and something to be welcomed wholeheartedly.’
      • ‘Action to address this problem is long overdue.’
      • ‘A hardened approach to this problem is long overdue, but it must have teeth.’
      • ‘The need for consideration of the issue of truth in public and parliamentary discourse within democracies has been long overdue for re-examination.’
      • ‘The international laws that served us in the aftermath of the Second World War are overdue for reform.’
      • ‘The spokesman said that Mr Byers admitted there were problems with the present formula and that change was long overdue.’
      • ‘On Saturday I had a seriously overdue haircut, and changed the style a little bit’
      • ‘We're overdue for a rethinking of the United Nations in general, from top to bottom, including its underlying principles.’
      • ‘This arcane system is now well overdue for reform.’
      • ‘Our 11 o'clock drinking curfew is antiquated and overdue for reform.’
      • ‘Regardless, council agreed, making an effort to fight the problem is long overdue.’
      • ‘We're long overdue for something like that to happen.’
      • ‘This is a terrifically fun, raw and guts-forward record that was way overdue for a larger audience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And on top of that, the economy itself was long overdue for a recovery almost regardless of what the government was going to do.’