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

mature

Synonyms: Adverb

exactly, full, just, precisely, right, sharp, smack-dab, squarely

Antonyms: Adjective

undue

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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

Luckily, there were also reports that Meghan would be due in early May, so the wait for a royal baby continues as the new month begins. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "No, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby "Hasn't Been Born Yet"," 3 May 2019 The Duchess of Sussex is due in spring of 2019 and has had to endure lots of negative comments about her body. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Abby Huntsman Got Super Emotional About Being Body-Shamed," 11 Jan. 2019 Furthermore, the theory suggests Lilo's love of photography and unusual taste in books are due in part to her parents' CIA influence. 2. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 While the royals were meant to have moved in already, the delay will apparently take them even closer to Meghan's due date, which is believed to be at the end of April 2019. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Move to Frogmore Cottage Has Reportedly Been Delayed," 25 Mar. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex is quickly approaching her due date, but this weekend all eyes were on another baby in the royal family: Zara Tindall's 10-month-old daughter Lena Elizabeth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Was Reportedly Named Godfather to Zara Tindall's Daughter, Lena Elizabeth," 18 Mar. 2019 The first is set to be released in April or May, around the time of Meghan's due date. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Family," 4 Mar. 2019 With her due date fast approaching, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely be staying close to home in the next few months. Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Went on Quite the Cultured Date Night," 4 Mar. 2019 Albert's paternity has been a source of historical debate for some time, due in part to his close resemblance to his mother, both physically and in temperament. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019

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Public-sector labor unions were dealt a major blow this June, when the Supreme Court barred contracts that would require government workers across the country to pay union dues in a 5-4 decision. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Judge Curbs Trump Orders That Made It Easier to Fire Federal Workers," 25 Aug. 2018 The next day, the high court delivered a major setback to labor unions, ruling that government employees can’t be forced to pay union dues. BostonGlobe.com, "For Democrats, justice’s retirement is the cruelest twist," 29 June 2018 But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing? Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW: Elon Musk's tweet violates federal labor law," 24 May 2018 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has been a keystone of global security since its formation in 1949, does not involve a membership that collects dues. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe the U.S. Money. He's Wrong," 11 July 2018 The federal legislation would give all state and local government employees protections similar to those that private-sector workers enjoy, including the right to voluntarily have union dues deducted from their paychecks. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "After Supreme Court ruling, congressional Democrats mobilize to fight for unions," 28 June 2018 As Rachel Cohen explained for The Intercept, the suit was originally filed by a public worker who objected to having union dues deducted from his paycheck. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "It’s a big day for labor at the Supreme Court.," 26 Feb. 2018 Bulldog will be matching the membership dues paid and donating the funds to Carolina Paws. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Craft beer shop in Dilworth gets a makeover," 31 Jan. 2018 That pot is created from committee membership dues, which start at $15,000, and from an auction of experiences held later in the evening (such as a visit to Hermès’s Paris atelier to customize a Birkin bag; that brought in $63,000). Jeremy Kinser, Town & Country, "Is This Star-Studded LACMA Party the Art World's American Idol?," 17 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Worried that vendors would become anxious over what would happen to the company next year, as big loans began to come due, David’s decided to open discussions with lenders now, according to court papers. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "David’s Bridal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection," 19 Nov. 2018 The Sears notes coming due on Oct. 15 traded Tuesday morning at 87 cents on the dollar, according to MarketAxess. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Adds Restructuring Expert to Its Board," 9 Oct. 2018 Those bills are coming due, and Turkish borrowers, like those in other developing countries, may not have the dollars and euros to pay them back. David J. Lynch, The Seattle Times, "Global debt soars, along with fears of crisis ahead," 4 Sep. 2018 Turnbull called the vote at a meeting of conservative Liberal Party lawmakers as speculation mounted about his support within the government, which is gearing up for a general election due early next year. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australian ministers resign after leader survives challenge," 21 Aug. 2018 Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Tesla’s debt into junk territory back in March, warning that Tesla won’t have cash to cover $3.7 billion for normal operations, capital expenses and debt that comes due early next year. Washington Post, "Tesla makes 5,000 Model 3s per week, but can it continue?," 2 July 2018 Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Tesla’s debt into junk territory back in March, warning that Tesla won’t have cash to cover $3.7 billion for normal operations, capital expenses and debt that comes due early next year. Washington Post, "Tesla makes 5,000 Model 3s per week, but can it continue?," 2 July 2018 Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Tesla’s debt into junk territory back in March, warning that Tesla won’t have cash to cover $3.7 billion for normal operations, capital expenses and debt that comes due early next year. Washington Post, "Tesla makes 5,000 Model 3s per week, but can it continue?," 2 July 2018 Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Tesla’s debt into junk territory back in March, warning that Tesla won’t have cash to cover $3.7 billion for normal operations, capital expenses and debt that comes due early next year. Washington Post, "Tesla makes 5,000 Model 3s per week, but can it continue?," 2 July 2018

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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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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 C. O'Brien, 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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