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 The Pistons made two trades at the deadline last season. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Live: 2020 NBA trade deadline rumors, Detroit Pistons updates," 12 Jan. 2020 Consider Brandon Knight, who came to the Cavs at the 2019 trading deadline. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Waiting for trade deadline an anxious time for Cleveland Cavaliers coaches," 11 Jan. 2020 The agreement, which was first reported by ESPN, comes at the deadline to avoid arbitration. Andrew Mahoney,, "Mookie Betts settles for record $27 million to avoid arbitration; Jackie Bradley Jr. agrees to $11 million," 10 Jan. 2020 Apple Return deadline of Jan 8 for purchases made between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25, 2019. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Holiday Return Deadlines Loom for Most Major Retailers," 8 Jan. 2020 All in all, a solid group, one that the Winterhawks won’t mess with at the trade deadline unless they are presented with the chance to pick up a real game-changer. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Gricius leads solid group of Winterhawks 20-year-olds," 23 Dec. 2019 Arizona made the blockbuster trade at the deadline in July, sending Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros. Fox News, "Madison Bumgarner, Arizona Diamondbacks agree to 5-year deal, reports say," 16 Dec. 2019 Only Nova survived the season when the Sox couldn’t find a suitor at the trade deadline. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Now the pressure is really on the White Sox to sign a frontline starter," 11 Dec. 2019 As such, the Celtics should be viewed as one of this year's top buyers at the trade deadline. Ben Golliver,, "The Celtics are over Kyrie Irving and playing like a true contender," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Deadline.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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