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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 tothis 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 Even the jersey issue, with all due respect to Goran, might require one more All-Star season. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Does Goran Dragic’s No. 7 deserve an eventual place in Heat rafters?," 14 Oct. 2020 With all due respect to baseball traditionalists, that was one exciting baseball game in Los Angeles Wednesday. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Bashin’ A’s give themselves a chance to change course of team’s recent history," 7 Oct. 2020 With all due respect to the singer's swagger and the rhythm section of Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony, though, the sound that everyone was talking about was that guitar. NBC News, "An appreciation: Even fellow rock gods worshipped Eddie Van Halen," 7 Oct. 2020 An announcement regarding the 2020 Heisman will be made in due course. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Clemson's Trevor Lawrence leads pair of Florida players in season's first Heisman Watch," 6 Oct. 2020 This volume brings to 24 the number on disc, with others presumably arriving in due course. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Fierce Filmmaking Beyond Our Borders," 30 Sep. 2020 All due respect to the Razorbacks and Wildcats, but the Tigers and Bulldogs offenses face much bigger challenges this week. Christopher Smith, al, "Auburn a smart bet as a touchdown underdog at Georgia," 29 Sep. 2020 In due course, the young mathematician Sharansky became an activist and dissident. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Still Sharansky," 21 Sep. 2020 Tickets for the film go on sale Sept. 10, excluding the U.S. where the details will be announced in due course. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Nick Cave’s ‘Idiot Prayer’ One-Man Show Set for Live Album and Cinema Release," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Americans drive less during the pandemic due partly to social distancing and remote work arrangements, gasoline demand has fallen. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Gas tax hikes pile up: States become desperate for road repair revenue as COVID-19 reduces driving," 23 Sep. 2020 Kardashian West made an appearance in the documentary and gave Hilton her due. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Paris Hilton reckons with her legacy -- and so should we," 10 Sep. 2020 CBS Sports' Jeff Kerr wrote that is might be the year where Chandler Jones finally receives his due. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NFL awards predictions: Chandler Jones, Isaiah Simmons could lead Cardinals' turnaround," 10 Sep. 2020 But no bigger bull, or any bull, has ever come closer—and the hunter deserves his due. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The 10 Biggest World Record Elk," 7 Aug. 2020 The smarter move will be for companies to back up their purpose statements with principled leadership, paying their dues, supporting the recovery, and helping shape a global tax system that works for all. Paul Polman, Fortune, "A clampdown on corporate tax avoidance is coming. Companies should embrace it," 26 May 2020 Of the 193 member nations, 91 had paid their dues in full as of May 13. Bloomberg.com, "China Goes After U.S. Over More Than $1 Billion Owed to UN," 15 May 2020 The plan: ask the club's 10,000 members to continue paying their dues through April and May. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "California business owner fights to keep employees on payroll," 14 Apr. 2020 In addition, the Central Board also waived schools’ membership dues for the 28th straight year, which saves the 400-plus member high schools and 300-plus middle schools about $84,000 this year, according to the AHSAA. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "AHSAA resumes annual revenue sharing payments," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The strategy for tenant advocates is clear: Drag the legal process out, if possible through the end of the year, when the CDC directive ends and rent would come due anyway. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "With evictions stalled in New Orleans, tenant-landlord tensions rise," 21 Oct. 2020 Campaign promises for large new spending programs and no new middle-class taxes are easy to make, but the bill will come due at some point. Lanhee J. Chen And Daniel L. Heil, WSJ, "Biden’s Public Option Would Mean Massive Tax Hikes," 19 Oct. 2020 That came on the heels of revelations by the New York Times that Trump has paid little in federal income taxes in recent years and owes hundreds of millions in personal loans set to come due soon. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Already in trouble, Trump's diagnosis could hurt his reelection chances even more," 2 Oct. 2020 The Times said the president appears to be responsible for $421 million in loans, most of which will come due within four years. CBS News, "7 takeaways from New York Times report on President Trump's tax returns," 29 Sep. 2020 The Times said the president appears to be responsible for $421 million in loans, most of which will come due within four years. Anchorage Daily News, "5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump’s tax returns," 28 Sep. 2020 The Times said the president appears to be responsible for $421 million in loans, most of which will come due within four years. Star Tribune, "5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump's tax returns," 27 Sep. 2020 Fort Bend County has announced that the Sugar Land Tax Office at 12550 Emily Court is closed until further notice due directly to the response to COVID-19. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Tax Office in Sugar Land closed until further notice due to COVID-19," 4 Aug. 2020 Research suggests that another magnetic flip may be due soon. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The ‘Chibanian Age’ Is the First Geologic Period Named After a Site in Japan," 19 Feb. 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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22 Oct 2020

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“Due.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/due. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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
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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
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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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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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