from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Time beyond an established limit, as:
  • n. Working hours in addition to those of a regular schedule.
  • n. Sports A period of playing time added after the expiration of the set time limit.
  • n. Payment for additional work done outside of regular working hours.
  • adv. Beyond the established time limit, especially that of the normal working day: The newspaper staff worked overtime.
  • transitive v. To exceed the desired timing for: overtime a photographic exposure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The working time outside of one's regular hours
  • n. An extra period of play when a contest has a tie score at the end of regulation.
  • n. The rate of pay, usually higher, for work done outside of or in addition to regular hours.
  • adv. Exceeding regular working hours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Time beyond, or in excess of, a limit; esp., extra working time.
  • n. An extra period of time provided to play a game, beyond the end of the normal period allowed for the game, for the purpose of resolving a tie score.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • During extra time: as, to work overtime.
  • In photography, to allow too much time in exposure or other treatment.
  • n. Time during which one works beyond the regular hours.

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

  • n. playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie
  • n. work done in addition to regular working hours
  • adv. beyond the regular time


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ time



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