dead·​line | \ ˈded-ˌlīn How to pronounce deadline (audio) \

Definition of deadline

1 : a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot
2a : a date or time before which something must be done
b : the time after which copy is not accepted for a particular issue of a publication
on deadline or under deadline
: with the requirement of meeting a deadline working on deadline

Examples of deadline in a Sentence

She worked on her composition right up until the deadline. We had to hurry to meet the deadline. The project was completed a week past its deadline. The deadline for submitting college applications is April 19th. They're working under a deadline.
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Recent Examples on the Web How the signatures were reviewed Khalaf's group filed 11,505 signatures with Mesa's city clerk on the April 1 deadline, launching the signature review process. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Effort to repeal Mesa's LGBTQ protections has enough signatures to go to voters," 5 May 2021 The deadline closed a four-week window granted to Netanyahu by Israel's figurehead president. NBC News, "Israel's Netanyahu misses deadline to form a new government," 5 May 2021 In a Free Press story in mid-April, Roach said the city expected the vast majority, if not all, of the money would be spent or encumbered to be spent by the Tuesday deadline. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "FEMA: Detroit has until Aug. 2 to use rest of $18.7 million grant for COVID-19 vaccines," 5 May 2021 Florida law gives date-setting authority to the governor but doesn’t impose any deadline. Anthony Man,, "DeSantis sets election dates for voters to replace Alcee Hastings," 4 May 2021 The deadline comes as the country is still reeling from a deadly stampede at a religious festival that killed 45 ultra-Orthodox pilgrims. Washington Post, "Israel’s Netanyahu has hours to form a new government and no clear path to do it," 4 May 2021 The deadline closed a four-week window granted to Netanyahu by Israel’s figurehead president. Josef Federman,, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, putting his political future in question," 4 May 2021 Prosecutors have since extended the payment deadline. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "MoneyGram’s Compliance Program Gets Thumbs-Up After Eight Years of Overhauls," 4 May 2021 And in the Senate, the 60-vote threshold for most legislation makes any sweeping changes a tough sell, especially by Biden's deadline. Hunter Woodall, Star Tribune, "Biden's police reform deadline puts pressure on Congress," 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of deadline

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deadline was in 1864

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8 May 2021

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“Deadline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deadline

: a date or time when something must be finished : the last day, hour, or minute that something will be accepted


dead·​line | \ ˈded-ˌlīn How to pronounce deadline (audio) \

Kids Definition of deadline

: a date or time by which something must be done

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