Definitions for overtimeˈoʊ vərˌtaɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•timeˈoʊ vərˌtaɪm(n.)

  1. working time before or after one's regularly scheduled working hours.

  2. pay for such time.

  3. time in excess of a set period.

  4. an additional period in a game, played when the score is tied at the end of the regular playing period.

    Category: Sport

  5. (adv.)during overtime.

  6. (adj.)of or for overtime.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overtime(noun)

    work done in addition to regular working hours

  2. overtime, extra time(adverb)

    playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie

  3. overtime(adverb)

    beyond the regular time

    "she often has to work overtime"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overtime(noun)ˈoʊvɚtˌaɪm

    hours that you work beyond your normal schedule, or the extra pay you get for this

    I'm working overtime tonight.; to be paid overtime

  2. overtimeˈoʊvɚtˌaɪm

    the extra time played in a sport when regular time ends in a tie

    The game went into overtime.; points scored in overtime


  1. overtime(Noun)

    The working time outside of one's regular hours

    Workers are usually paid extra for working overtime.

  2. overtime(Noun)

    An extra period of play when a contest has a tie score at the end of regulation.

    That last-second shot ties the game 99-99 and sends it to overtime!

  3. overtime(Noun)

    The rate of pay, usually higher, for work done outside of or in addition to regular hours.

  4. overtime(Adverb)

    Exceeding regular working hours.


  1. Overtime

    Overtime is the amount of time someone works beyond normal working hours. Normal hours may be determined in several ways: ⁕by custom, ⁕by practices of a given trade or profession, ⁕by legislation, ⁕by agreement between employers and workers or their representatives. Most nations have overtime labor laws designed to dissuade or prevent employers from forcing their employees to work excessively long hours. These laws may take into account other considerations than the humanitarian, such as preserving the health of workers so that they may continue to be productive, or increasing the overall level of employment in the economy. One common approach to regulating overtime is to require employers to pay workers at a higher hourly rate for overtime work. Companies may choose to pay workers higher overtime pay even if not obliged to do so by law, particularly if they believe that they face a backward bending supply curve of labour. Overtime pay rates can cause workers to work longer hours than they would at a flat hourly rate. Overtime laws, attitudes toward overtime and hours of work vary greatly from country to country and between different economic sectors.

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Translations for overtime

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


time spent in working beyond one's set number of hours etc

He did five hours' overtime this week.

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