Meaning of “overtime” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “overtime” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overtime" in American English

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overtimenoun [ U ]

us /ˈoʊ·vərˌtɑɪm/

time worked in addition to your usual job hours:

Approval must be granted for overtime before the work has been performed.

Overtime is also the period of time in a game, such as football or basketball, in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game.

adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈoʊ·vərˌtɑɪm/

I’m working overtime this week.

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"overtime" in Business English

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overtimenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈəʊvətaɪm/ us HR, WORKPLACE

time spent working after the usual time needed or expected in a job:

We have put in 15 hours of overtime this week.
The pay is $7.75 per hour; $11.75 for overtime.

extra payment for working after the usual time:

You can earn some overtime by working after 6.00 p.m.
eligible/ineligible for overtime If you work 45 hours a week and you are eligible for overtime, then you should get paid time and a half for five hours.
be on overtime Everyone is on overtime this weekend.


uk /ˈəʊvətaɪm/ us

after the usual time needed or expected in a job:

Utility crews are working overtime to restore service which was knocked out by ice storms.

(Definition of “overtime” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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