From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishovertimeo‧ver‧time /ˈəʊvətaɪm $ ˈoʊvər-/ ●○○ noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1 BEWPAY somebody FOR WORKtime that you spend working in your job in addition to your normal working hours 🔊 six hours’ overtime 🔊 They’re working overtime to get the job finished. 🔊 He’s been doing a lot of overtime recently. 🔊 Many employees work countless hours of unpaid overtime. 🔊 Many of our offices will be working on overtime until the end of the year.2 BEWthe money that you are paid for working more hours than usual 🔊 He earns £450 a week, including overtime.3 → be working overtime4 x-ref American English a period of time added to the end of a sports game to give one of the two teams a chance to win syn extra time British Englishin overtime 🔊 Steve Smith scored all nine of the Hawks’ points in overtime.COLLOCATIONSverbswork overtimeHe's been working a lot of overtime.do overtimeI did three hours overtime yesterday.put in overtime (=work overtime)To earn enough money, he puts in a lot of overtime.adjectivespaid/unpaid overtimeMany teachers do a lot of unpaid overtime.unlimited overtimeThey offered us a bonus and unlimited overtime.overtime + NOUNovertime pay/payments/earningsThe salary figure does not include overtime pay.If Joe worked 100 hours overtime at time and a half, his overtime payments would be $15,662.overtime rates (=payments that are set according to a standard scale)Generous overtime rates are paid for late-night and weekend work.
Examples from the Corpusovertime• Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell dislocated a knuckle on his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to Pittsburgh.• Miller scored 9 of his 23 points in overtime.• The last two came on the road, in overtime, on consecutive nights.• Is there a policy on the use of overtime?• It had set aside $ 24 million to settle claims by former managers that it had failed to pay required overtime.• The overtime and opportunities for easing which court duty affords is often not compensation enough for the stress it involves.• Go to No. 16 shed, our big flat store, and ask and if they want overtime.• You worked overtime to finish a project with a drop-dead deadline.• He said engineers are working overtime to fix the problems.on overtime• Others are angry because he cut back on overtime to balance the budget.• About 3,500 ambulance officers and control room staff joined the crews' ban on overtime last week.• Nottinghamshire miners went on strike to protest against losing money because of their own ban on overtime.• There would be a few drinks, some canapes and a few staff who were free and willing to do it on overtime.• Last year, the department spent $ 3. 8 million on overtime.• Now the company is making more than 200,000 lollies a week and staff have been placed on overtime to cope with extra demand.• A policy on overtime working should be agreed with staff organisation.• Plants don't operate, buses don't run, planes don't fly when you rely on overtime.