due

adjective
\ˈdü, 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

competent, condign, deserved, fair, just, justified, merited, right, rightful, warranted

Synonyms: Adverb

dead, direct, directly, plumb, plump, right, straight, straightway

Antonyms: Adjective

undeserved, undue, unfair, unjust, unjustified, unmerited, unwarranted

Antonyms: Adverb

indirectly

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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

Later Saturday, Sanders was due in Janesville to appear at a rally for congressional candidate Randy Bryce. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin makes outstate push appearing alongside Bernie Sanders at Eau Claire rally," 14 July 2018 His new album, Swimming, is slated for release Aug. 3, while Grande’s album, Sweetener, is due Aug. 17. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pete Davidson Praises Ariana Grande's Topless Photo as Her Ex Mac Miller Raps About Lost Love," 13 July 2018 Most are past due real estate taxes; some debtors have unpaid water bills. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Berlin Tax Deed Auction Targets Chronic Delinquent Properties," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pickup sales lagged in the first half of the year due, in part, to a production snag on the new Ram 1500, the report said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors topping Ford in pickup market share," 12 July 2018 The church, the business association and the United States proposed a plan under which the general election due in 2021 would be brought forward to next March. The Economist, "Daniel Ortega is causing a bloodbath in Nicaragua," 12 July 2018 Three Breakaway Plus ships already have debuted since 2015 with a fourth in the series, Norwegian Encore, due in late 2019. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Norwegian Cruise Line orders two more Leonardo Class ships," 12 July 2018 The governor has asked for a 90-day extension to comply with the federal law, and his disclosure is due by the end of July. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How 'blind' is his blind trust?," 11 July 2018 The scientists had found the perfect place to conduct their research: Southeast Farallon Island, a remote outpost 30 miles due west of the Golden Gate Bridge, where each autumn a large population of great white sharks gather to hunt elephant seals. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "Susan Casey on Seeing Her First Great White Shark," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While union members pay dues, agency fees cover the costs of representing nonmember teachers in contract negotiations and disputes with management. New York Times, "What the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision Means for Teacher Unions," 27 June 2018 Those who aren’t stuck in paying-their-dues-purgatory and move up through the ranks to become the voices of teams, as Chris Denari and Mark Boyle have for the Pacers on TV and radio, benefit from numerous breaks in their careers. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Local broadcaster Pat Boylan is a rising star," 15 June 2018 The money can cover a wide range of housing needs, like rent checks, but also other costs related to work, including union dues, uniforms and tools, and even child care, Layman said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s large private landlords team up to provide apartments for the homeless," 19 Apr. 2018 In Palm Beach, costs total $725 a year; in Broward, dues are about $800. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "State law that targets teachers unions appears to be increasing membership," 13 July 2018 Currently 28 states have adopted right-to-work legislation that says individuals can’t be required to join labor unions or pay union dues. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court's Janus ruling could undercut private-sector unions, too," 9 July 2018 Some government borrowers could get an additional market boost from a recent Supreme Court decision banning public-employee contracts that require workers to pay union dues. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Municipal Bonds Are Scarce. That’s Good News for Borrowers," 8 July 2018 This will be a damaging blow to Democrats nationally but with particular pain in 22 mostly-Democratic states that collectively employ millions of teachers where compulsory union dues are a fact of life. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What are Dems to do about the SupCo?," 27 June 2018 In 1977, the nation’s high court said public employees may not be forced to pay union dues if some of the money went for political contributions. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Supreme Court's Janus ruling seen as setback for public-sector unions in Maryland," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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 The fund’s debt problem will become more acute from 2022, when the principal on the bonds sold by Goldman start coming due. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Malaysia Tapped Its Central Bank to Pay 1MDB Debt," 23 May 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

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

Noun

see due entry 1

Adverb

see due entry 1

Adjective

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

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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)

dues : 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, 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 \

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

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