from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being unpaid when due.
  • adjective Coming or arriving after the scheduled or expected time: synonym: tardy.
  • adjective Expected or required but not yet having come about.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Delayed or with-held beyond the usual or assigned time: as, an overdue ship.
  • Unpaid at the time assigned or agreed on: as, an overdue bill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Due and more than due; delayed beyond the proper time of arrival, payment, return, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Late; especially, past a deadline or too late to fulfill a need.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective past due; not paid at the scheduled time


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