Definition of overtime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈəʊvətaɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊvərtaɪm//
    [uncountable] Pay and conditions at work
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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. Wordfinderbonus, commission, deduction, earn, overtime, pay, rise, salary, tax, wage CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on 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 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/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) 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 See related entries: Pay and conditions at work
  2. 2the money somebody earns for doing overtime They pay $150 a day plus overtime.
  3. 3(North American English) (British English extra time) (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. Extra examples He scored with only seven seconds remaining in the second overtime. I do about five hours’ overtime a week. She puts in a lot of overtime. Stanford scored two goals in the last minute to force overtime. The first overtime period ended with no scoring. The game went into overtime. The union imposed an overtime ban in protest at the firing of two workers. We were unlucky to lose in overtime. an impressive overtime win against DenverIdioms (informal) to be very active or too active There was nothing to worry about. It was just her imagination working overtime.
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