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

Then came the Angel of death before the due date and left his wife and sons bereaved. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "In North Macedonia, unearthed headstones shed new light on community the Nazis destroyed," 9 July 2019 McCann’s career took a backseat in December 2017 when his wife, Jessica, gave birth to twin boys Christian and Kane 9½ weeks before her due date. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox All-Stars Lucas Giolito, Jose Abreu and James McCann have a common thread in their journeys: Perseverance," 8 July 2019 If our math is correct then, her due date is sometime in late July or early August. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Jenna Bush Hager's Due Date? Here's When Her Baby Boy Will Likely Be Born," 26 June 2019 As the due date neared, Gomez-Rejon realized that there just wasn't enough time. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Current War Pits Benedict Cumberbatch Against Nicholas Hoult and Michael Shannon," 26 June 2019 My mother just yesterday decided to no longer throw a baby shower for us until October at the earliest, yet I have been charged with organizing the bridal shower, set for two weeks prior to my due date. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: I really need this baby shower and my sister is grabbing the spotlight," 23 June 2019 My mother just decided to no longer throw a baby shower for us until October at the earliest, yet I have been charged with organizing the bridal shower, set for two weeks prior to my due date. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "First-time mother feels snubbed over shower," 23 June 2019 My mother just yesterday decided to no longer throw a baby shower for us until October at the earliest, yet I have been charged with organizing the bridal shower, set for two weeks prior to my due date. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Saying no to bridal shower duties after baby shower ‘bait-and-slap’ is about living your truth," 22 June 2019 He was born 24 days before his due date, thereby allowing his mother to go back to work in time to begin her quest for a fourth straight Summer Olympics appearance. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska trapshooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein is back on the range, with a baby," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Apidima 1 did not get its due until the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Athens invited Harvati to use her expertise in imaging and 3-D virtual reconstruction to bring both of the skulls to life. Stephanie Demarco, latimes.com, "210,000-year-old skull in Greece is earliest sign of modern humans in Europe or Asia," 10 July 2019 City officials say Pedcor is paying its dues and possible delays were anticipated. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Some buildings are up at City Center. Some are not. Here's what that means for Carmel taxpayers.," 8 July 2019 Colonists paid an initiation fee, a membership fee and monthly dues and in return would get five acres and a house and the use of community property, such as horses, wagons and agricultural machinery. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Olivenhain: Upscale community prizes its rural atmosphere," 27 June 2019 Ultimately, the pilots' union was fined $45 million, a steep penalty for an organized labor group dependent on member dues. Dallas News, "American Airlines says mechanics are causing delays. Now, a judge could force the union to pay for it," 30 June 2019 The student told him his parents wouldn’t pay his dues anymore because the hospital called them. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Miami University hazing case: 'Please do not say anything that would threaten the future of the fraternity'," 27 June 2019 A few months later, 67 colonists headed for Rancho Las Encinitas, which Pinther and Stroebel bought with the membership dues. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Olivenhain: Upscale community prizes its rural atmosphere," 27 June 2019 Which is to say, Ubisoft and EA and Microsoft and Nintendo and Discord aren’t just competing with each other for whatever pool of money gamers set aside for monthly dues. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming," 20 June 2019 The consortium had taken control of the airline, from founder Naresh Goyal, in March hoping to rope in an external investor to revive the airline and recover their dues. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "India’s oldest private carrier is headed for the bankruptcy court as nobody wants to buy it," 18 June 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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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 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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