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due

adjective \ ˈdü , ˈdyü \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018
1 : owed or owing as a debt
  • is due a full week's pay
2 a : 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
3 a : 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

dueness

noun

Examples of due in a Sentence

  1. My wife is due in three weeks.

  2. The bill is due at the end of the month.

  3. The balance is now due.

  4. The amount due is 45 dollars.

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Origin and Etymology of due

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

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due

noun
: something due (see 1due) 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

Examples of due in a Sentence

  1. Dues are increasing this year.

  2. Workers are required to join the union and pay dues.

  3. He deserves to be given his due.

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Origin and Etymology of due

see 1due

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due

adverb
1 : directly, exactly
  • due north
2 obsolete : duly

Examples of due in a Sentence

  1. the island lies due south of the headland

  2. a plane flying due east

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Origin and Etymology of due

see 1due

due Synonyms

Antonyms

indirectly;

Near Antonyms

circuitously, deviously, veeringly;

Phrases

as the crow flies;



DUE Defined for English Language Learners

due

  • : 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

  • 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

  • : directly or exactly


DUE Defined for Kids

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due

adjective \ ˈdü , ˈdyü \
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

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due

noun
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

3

due

adverb
: directly 1
  • due north

Medical Dictionary

due

adjective \ ˈd(y)ü \
: 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

Law Dictionary

due

adjective
1 a : 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
3 a : having reached the date at which payment is required : payable
b : owed though not yet required to be paid
4 : reasonable 1a, b

Origin and Etymology of due

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


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