dead·​line | \ -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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But on March 26, during the 5th meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence gave NASA a very tight deadline to land on the Moon in just five years. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA: Lunar 'Gateway' Is Still Our Best Bet for Putting Boots on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2019 Much to the disappointment of hardworking feminist activists, only 35 states ratified it by the deadline. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "The History of the Equal Rights Amendment, Explained," 22 Mar. 2019 Here’s the even worse news, though: If May’s deal is bad, a no-deal Brexit scenario — which will happen if a final deal isn’t approved by the fast-approaching March 29, 2019, deadline — would be potentially catastrophic for the UK. Jen Kirby, Vox, "EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else," 30 Nov. 2018 But there's still nine months or so before the final deadline crashes down this coming January, and Microsoft can build some goodwill until then. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft ports DirectX 12 to Windows 7, giving some older PC games a performance boost," 13 Mar. 2019 How to Spot the Species First-Time Gap Year Dominant breed: Ivy Leaguers who missed the Goldman Sachs application deadline on an epic Euro tour or dharma bumming across Asia. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 When Jamie kneels to say a prayer for Rufus’s soul even as the clock is ticking toward the midnight deadline. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4's Second Episode," 12 Nov. 2018 Lance Bass was even told the house was his—only to have HGTV make a higher offer, reportedly $3.5 million, after the deadline. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "The Actress Who Played the Original Marcia Brady Wanted to Buy the ‘Brady Bunch’ House," 9 Oct. 2018 The administration said the abbreviated vetting puts children at significant safety risk but is needed to meet the deadline. Elliot Spagat,, "Federal judge criticizes Justice Department effort to reunite families separated at border," 14 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


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Kids Definition of deadline

: a date or time by which something must be done

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