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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed hope for an agreement by the deadline. CBS News, "Judge orders Los Angeles to move thousands of homeless people," 16 May 2020 The College Board, however, says students approved for accommodations by the April 27 deadline received extended time during the primary test period. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus, AP exams went online and had tech problems. College Board says it's investigating.," 15 May 2020 Only about 20 companies applied by the May 1 deadline, according to the Defense Department. David Mclaughlin,, "A $17 billion pot of national security stimulus aid goes begging," 14 May 2020 The only way to protect her belongings and stop Sarkozy from disposing of them after the May 18 deadline is to file a divorce petition. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Everything We Know About Mary-Kate Olsen’s “Emergency” Divorce From Olivier Sarkozy," 14 May 2020 If Myers doesn't choose a running mate by the new deadline, the Indiana Democratic State Central Committee could have to choose one for him. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Democrat Woody Myers misses initial deadline to choose running mate," 7 May 2020 Decisions by incoming students typically would need to be made by the May 1 deadline for college acceptance, although some schools are extending that this year in light of the uncertain situation. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Coming Gap-Year Gap," 29 Apr. 2020 Candidates will have to act soon to build their campaign organizations to collect these names and file them by the June deadline for getting on the September primary ballot. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Council President Kevin Kelley’s City Club appearance focuses on Cleveland’s coronavirus challenges, stirs thoughts of 2021 election," 29 Apr. 2020 Slow mail delivery impeded the process, meaning some voters who had asked for absentee ballots never got them by Tuesday’s deadline. Darrel Rowland,, "How the storyline of Ohio’s primary election changed drastically in just six weeks," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Deadline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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