due

adjective
\ ˈdü How to pronounce due (audio) , ˈdyü \

Definition of due

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : owed or owing as a debt is due a full week's pay
2a : owed or owing as a natural or moral right finally got the recognition she was due give credit where credit is due everyone's right to dissent … is due the full protection of the Constitution— Nat Hentoff
b : according to accepted notions or procedures : appropriate with all due respect
3a : satisfying or capable of satisfying a need, obligation, or duty : adequate giving the matter due attention
b : regular, lawful due proof of loss
4 : capable of being attributed : ascribable used with to this advance is partly due to a few men of genius— A. N. Whitehead
5 : having reached the date at which payment is required : payable the rent is due
6 : required or expected in the prescribed, normal, or logical course of events : scheduled The train is due at noon. When is the baby due? also : expected to give birth has a friend who is due in April

due

noun

Definition of due (Entry 2 of 3)

: something due (see due entry 1) or owed: such as
a : something that rightfully belongs to one give him his due
b : a payment or obligation required by law or custom : debt
c dues plural : fees, charges membership dues

due

adverb

Definition of due (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : directly, exactly due north
2 obsolete : duly

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Other Words from due

Adjective

dueness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for due

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of due in a Sentence

Adjective My wife is due in three weeks. The bill is due at the end of the month. The balance is now due. The amount due is 45 dollars. Noun Dues are increasing this year. Workers are required to join the union and pay dues. He deserves to be given his due. Adverb the island lies due south of the headland a plane flying due east
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The investigation was reopened due in part to the upcoming 20th anniversary of Nguyen's and her children's disappearance, Macaluso said. Quinlan Bentley, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Weeks says the antiwork ethos has taken off in recent months due, in part, to the pandemic. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2021 This year ZeroBounce made the Inc. 5000 list with a three-year growth of almost 1,000%, and a 56% increase in new customer sign-ups compared with last year, due largely to their service becoming even more relevant during Covid-19. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Those include creating a checklist for all significant real estate investments going forward as well as a specific due-diligence plan, among other things. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2021 The indications are inescapable that the bill for decades of heedless human activity is coming due. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 My primary care physician sends me reminders that my pneumonia shot is past due. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 18 Oct. 2021 Pending rules include side-impact standards for child car seats, originally due in 2014. Hope Yen, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 Preparing for new pressures Despite all the financial and employment problems caused by the pandemic, consumer credit delinquencies 30 days or more past due fell to a record low in the second quarter, according to the American Bankers Association. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 17 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Edsall rides off slowly into retirement, give him his due for the good times, but UConn must now leave the past behind and look ahead, even if the future is murkier than ever. Dom Amore, courant.com, 5 Sep. 2021 No need, in the course of a rational argument, to give some figurative devil his due. Garret Keizer, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Christie acknowledged Spirit's reputation has taken a hit due of the issues. Sam Sweeney, ABC News, 6 Aug. 2021 Poignant though Blum/Cohen may find Benzion’s digest of twentieth-century Jewish catastrophe, The Netanyahus gives Benzion’s scholarship more than its historical due. Noah Kulwin, The New Republic, 24 June 2021 Now gay Black composer Julius Eastman finally gets his due. Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 No less than 20 readers reached out to give Musial his due. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 This is a smart idea, subtly executed in both the text and the performances, and the studio audience didn’t give this sketch its due. Matthew Love, Vulture, 28 Mar. 2021 Or pick up on a later wife, say give Catherine Parr her due or something? Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of due

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for due

Adjective, Noun, and Adverb

Middle English, from Anglo-French deu, past participle of dever to owe, from Latin debēre — more at debt

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The first known use of due was in the 14th century

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23 Oct 2021

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“Due.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/due. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for due

due

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of due

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: required or expected to happen : expected to be in a particular place at a particular time
: expected to be born
: expected to give birth

due

noun

English Language Learners Definition of due (Entry 2 of 3)

: a regular payment that you make to be a member of an organization
: something that someone should be given : something that a person has earned

due

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of due (Entry 3 of 3)

: directly or exactly

due

adjective
\ ˈdü How to pronounce due (audio) , ˈdyü \

Kids Definition of due

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : required or expected to happen or be done This assignment is due tomorrow.
2 : owed or deserved Payment is due. Treat your teacher with due respect.
3 : in a proper or necessary amount I will give your idea due consideration.
due to
: because of "The common rat is highly valued … due to his toughness …"— Robert O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

due

noun

Kids Definition of due (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something that should be given Give the man his due, he's a fighter.
2 dues plural : a regular or legal charge or fee

due

adverb

Kids Definition of due (Entry 3 of 3)

: directly sense 1 due north

due

adjective
\ ˈd(y)ü How to pronounce due (audio) \

Medical Definition of due

: expected to be born in the normal course of events the baby is due in November also : expected to give birth she's due this month

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due

adjective

Legal Definition of due

1a : satisfying or capable of satisfying an obligation, duty, or requirement under the law the buyer's due performance under the contract due proof of loss
b : proper under the law obstructing due administration of justice
2 : capable of being attributed used with to any loss due to neglect
3a : having reached the date at which payment is required : payable
b : owed though not yet required to be paid

History and Etymology for due

Old French deu, past participle of devoir to owe, from Latin debere

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