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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Windows users still running Windows 7 already face a deadline of Jan. 14, 2020, when Windows 7 support expires. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7's support deadline may expire in July, if you don't apply this patch," 19 Feb. 2019 Railroads are now pushing toward a second deadline of 2020 for full implementation. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New Year, Old Problems for Suburban Commuters," 21 Jan. 2019 But the measure still needs majority support from the House of Representatives by a deadline of December 10, net neutrality advocates say. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Congress has refused to restore net neutrality as Dec. 10 deadline nears," 28 Nov. 2018 Discharge petition supporters face a deadline of June 11 to collect the necessary signatures, as the House can only consider discharge petitions on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 Georgia Power projects both units will be operational by 2022, but that is two years beyond the previous deadline of 2020. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Lower Vogtle costs result in $25 credit for Georgia Power customers," 11 July 2018 Nearly 4,000 comments poured in by Monday, with a deadline of July 15. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 One final point is important in any discussion regarding the league and the union: CBA negotiations don’t have to wait until the deadline of an expiring deal. Andrew Brandt,, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 Senate Republicans have a hard deadline of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, which could, in the worst-case scenario for Republicans, put Democrats in control of the Senate. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Winners and losers from Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of deadline

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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