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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The company hit its mid-year goal just a few hours after Musk’s deadline, and finally started turning a slight profit on the Model 3. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Canada and the United States are still trying to agree on what a new North American Free Trade Agreement would look like after the two countries blew past Trump’s deadline last week. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US and Canada haven’t budged on NAFTA," 7 Sep. 2018 The Orioles continue to move quickly toward trading shortstop Manny Machado in advance of this month’s non-waiver trade deadline and are in the process of fielding offers from seven different teams, according to an industry source. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles continue to move quickly to trade Manny Machado," 7 July 2018 Saturday’s deadline was announced on May 3, after FEMA granted a final request from the Puerto Rican government to support families with children who were in the middle of their school year. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "Judge delays aid deadline for displaced Puerto Ricans after last-minute lawsuit by advocacy groups," 1 July 2018 The Heat doesn’t have any players who have contract issues to work out in that regard, but if there is an outside chance of four-time league MVP LeBron James coming back to South Florida for next season Friday’s deadline is important for Miami. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Here's why Friday's opt-in deadline is important for fans of a LeBron-Heat reunion," 27 June 2018 The deadline for renewing the waivers was set to fall on May 2. ... Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. to End Iran Oil Waivers to Drive Tehran’s Exports to Zero," 22 Apr. 2019 To make the April deadline for Autism Awareness Month, the idea went from concept to reality in under three weeks. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jacquelyn Jablonski and Autism Tomorrow Toast a Charitable Collaboration With Apotheke," 16 Apr. 2019 Her first instinct was to apply elsewhere, but application deadlines for other schools on her list had long passed. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce deadline (audio) \

Kids Definition of deadline

: a date or time by which something must be done

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