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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The court is required to rule within 90 days of oral arguments, which would make its deadline late August. David Garrick,, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 The last legal day for in-person early voting is Aug. 11, but many municipalities have made Aug. 10 their deadline. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Absentee ballots available ahead of Aug. 14 primary," 13 July 2018 Columbia Care Florida and Treadwell Nursery reach their 12-month deadline Aug. 9. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Overlooked deadline could stop some medical marijuana processing in Florida," 12 July 2018 But the glacial pace and chaotic manner of the reunification effortssuggests ongoing difficulty as the government struggles to reunify the remaining thousands of children by its next deadline of July 26. Lomi Kriel, San Antonio Express-News, "Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’," 12 July 2018 The government missed its first deadline, which prompted a judge to order faster reunifications. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "New York City Mayor Fends Off Illegal Border Crossing Claims," 11 July 2018 Yet as the deadline looms, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which has direct oversight of NFIP, has not taken up legislation to reauthorize the program. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "As Hurricane Season Ramps Up, Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire," 11 July 2018 That’s not how things worked out, though, after missed filing deadlines and an apparent attempt by state party officials to get McEuen to run for the District 2 seat on the Porter County Council against incumbent Jeremy Rivas. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "State GOP error nixes Porter candidacy," 6 July 2018 Bruce Bernard, a contractor who sits on the oversight committee, doubts the district can make its deadline. Scott Travis,, "School district told to level with taxpayers about bond projects," 30 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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to express warning or disapproval

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