Definition of overtime noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1time that you spend working at your job after you have worked the normal hours to do/work overtime overtime pay/earnings/hours The union announced a ban on overtime. Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirement
  2. 2the money someone earns for doing overtime They pay $150 a day plus overtime. synonyms at income
  3. 3 (sport) a set period of time that is added to the end of a sports game, etc., if there is no winner at the end of the normal period
  4. Thesaurusincomepay salary wage/wages overtime earningsThese are all words for money that a person earns or receives for their work.income money that a person receives for their work, or from investments or business:people on low incomespay (often used in compounds) money that employees earn for doing their jobs:We all took pay cuts when sales figures fell. A large percentage of my paycheck goes towards health insurance for my family. The job offers good pay and benefits.salary a fixed amount of money that employees earn (usually per year) for doing their jobs:She was offered a starting salary of $33,000 per year. A person's salary does not change, no matter how many hours per week the person works.wage/wages (somewhat formal) money that a person receives for doing their job, usually calculated by the hour or by dividing an annual salary into a semi-monthly or monthly figure:By law, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. I earned $1,700 in wages last, salary, or wage?Pay is the most general of these three words. The term wages is used in accounting to describe the amount of money someone earns before any taxes or other payments are taken away. Employees who work in offices or professional people, such as teachers or doctors, usually receive a salary that is paid once or twice a month, but is usually expressed as an annual figure.overtime money that a person earns for working more hours than they had originally agreed to work:She earned $500 in overtime by working the entire holiday weekend.earnings (business) money that a person earns for their work:The industry has seen a rise in average earnings over the past two years.Patterns (a) high/low/basic income/pay/salary/wage/earnings to earn an income/your pay/a salary/a wage/overtime to earn $.. in income/pay/salary/wages/overtime to live on/support a family on a(n) income/salary/hourly wage of…Idioms
    be working overtime(informal)
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    to be very active or too active There was nothing to worry about. It was just her imagination working overtime.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: overtime