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

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

That report is due 105 days after the official signing, so probably sometime in March. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US, Canada, Mexico sign NAFTA replacement at G20," 30 Nov. 2018 Bids for hundreds of Sears locations aren’t due until late December, with a decision on these potential asset sales slated for early in the new year, The Wall Street Journal previously reported. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Workers Copy Toys ‘R’ Us Severance Playbook," 30 Nov. 2018 Those levels are due next year, keeping Half-Life growing even after two decades. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 Microsoft has now been experimenting with further distancing Cortana from the Windows 10 search experience, and the 19H1 update due early next year will include some changes. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is now selling Amazon’s Echo devices," 17 Nov. 2018 Interestingly, though, two of those actors are starring in other Lifetime Christmas movies: Lenz will be in Poinsettias for Christmas (due out November 23), and Colletti stars in Hometown Christmas (which drops December 16). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Trailer for the One Tree Hill Lifetime Christmas Movie Is Everything I Wanted," 16 Nov. 2018 Manual recounts are due at noon on Sunday, November 18. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained," 15 Nov. 2018 Chrome 71, due for release in December, will blacklist sites that are repeat offenders and suppress all advertising on those sites. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”," 5 Nov. 2018 Negotiators finally agreed that in the west, the new border would run from the northwesternmost point of Lake of the Woods due west to the Mississippi River. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Members must also pay dues and attend mandatory meetings. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "The gang just as vicious as MS-13 but without the notoriety: Savage Trinitarios return to the spotlight after years in the shadows," 28 July 2018 In a right-to-work state, employees can't be required to pay union dues or fees. John Seewer, Houston Chronicle, "Right-to-work holdouts face new efforts to change labor laws," 2 Feb. 2018 For me there were about five to six years of paying dues. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zeeko Zaki Finally Gets to Play the Good Guy," 29 Oct. 2018 Other unions have extremely high ratios of full dues-paying members. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Court case will cost California unions big money immediately. Then the real fight begins.," 28 June 2018 That’s rarefied air for any actor, and maybe especially rewarding for Brolin, a dues-paying pro who ignored his actor father James’ warnings and entered the business as a kid with Goonies. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sicario' star Josh Brolin on his billion dollar year, his bro Benicio, and why it's good to be bad," 28 June 2018 Labor unions knew more challenges were coming and urged the California Legislature to enact laws that would raise the odds that more employees — not just teachers but government workers statewide — would become full dues-paying members. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's politically powerful labor unions have been preparing for this Supreme Court ruling for a long time," 27 June 2018 The court's decision frees those non-members from the fees, but unions also are braced to lose some dues-paying members who stand to save more under the new rule. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court deals major financial blow to nation's public employee unions," 27 June 2018 The convention comes two weeks after the Supreme Court reversed a decades-old policy of public labor unions compelling public-sector workers to pay dues. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Clinton, Sanders, Warren to headline American Federation of Teachers convention in Pittsburgh," 11 July 2018

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

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

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

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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

History and Etymology for due

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

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