deadline

noun dead·line \ -ˌlīn \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of deadline

1 : a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot
2 a : 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

  1. She worked on her composition right up until the deadline.

  2. We had to hurry to meet the deadline.

  3. The project was completed a week past its deadline.

  4. The deadline for submitting college applications is April 19th.

  5. They're working under a deadline.

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First Known Use of deadline

1864


DEADLINE Defined for English Language Learners

deadline

noun

Definition of deadline for English Language Learners

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


DEADLINE Defined for Kids

deadline

noun dead·line \ ˈded-ˌlīn \

Definition of deadline for Students

: a date or time by which something must be done


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