overdo, overdue

The words overdo, overdue sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do overdo, overdue sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: overdo, overdue are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    do something to an excessive degree

  2. :: verb

    To do too much of something.

  3. :: transitive verb

    To cook too much.

  4. :: transitive verb

    To surpass; to excel.

  1. :: adjective

    past due; not paid at the scheduled time

  2. :: adjective

    <xref>Late</xref>; especially, past a <xref>deadline</xref> or too late to <xref>fulfill</xref> a <xref>need</xref>.

  3. :: adjective

    Due and more than due; delayed beyond the proper time of arrival, payment, return, etc.

  4. ::

    Unpaid at the time assigned or agreed on: as, an <em>overdue</em> bill.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").