dead·line | \ -ˌlīn \

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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Just minutes before the trade deadline last season, Verlander and Upton deliberated together before the pitcher decided to waive his no-trade clause to be sent to Houston. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Kate Upton, former Tigers star Justin Verlander expecting first child," 14 July 2018 Former comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu is officially announcing his run for state Senate against Tony Avella on Friday, spurred on by activist groups who hustled to get him on the ballot just days before the deadline. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Former New York City Comptroller to Take On State Senator for Queens Seat," 13 July 2018 Many of them will listen to offers from contending teams in the months ahead of a deep playoff runs, and solidify their spot in the standings before the non-waiver Trade deadline on July 31. Scooby Axson,, "MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Make 'Strong' Offer For Manny Machado," 12 July 2018 In the final year of his contract and expected to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, Ramos has five homers and 15 RBIs over his last 12 games. Mark Didtler,, "Hot-hitting Wilson Ramos powers Rays past Tigers," 11 July 2018 If the Nats decided to dangle him, Harper would be the most coveted name on the block behind Manny Machado — and rumors suggest the Orioles could move Machado well before the deadline. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Should the freefalling Nationals look to trade Bryce Harper?," 4 July 2018 The forward also entered the 2017 NBA draft, but withdrew his name before the deadline. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Hornets to use 'draft and stash' strategy with 55th overall pick Arnoldas Kulboka," 22 June 2018 Three Palm Beach County School Board members were re-elected without opposition after no one challenged them before the deadline on Friday. Lois K. Solomon,, "3 Palm Beach County School Board members re-elected; Robinson faces opponent," 22 June 2018 And with less than two weeks to go before the deadline, the struggling upstart electric car company is racing to avoid a major upset. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla built a giant tent to expand production of the Model 3," 22 June 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 \

Kids Definition of deadline

: a date or time by which something must be done

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