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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



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



Definition of due (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : directly, exactly due north
2 obsolete : duly

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Other Words from due


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 Then on Monday, the day before official results were due, the auditor in Lucas County discovered a reporting error that had resulted in inaccurate results in one town's precinct. Ryan J. Foley, Star Tribune, "Democrat to seek full recount in tight US House race in Iowa," 12 Nov. 2020 The lack of platform differentiation is due in large part because of the need for Treyarch to keep the game experience level for competitive players in a game that will be playable online across both platforms and generations. Washington Post, "‘Cold War’ runs the same on Series X and PS5. The DualSense is the difference.," 12 Nov. 2020 Rent is due, and arcade machines not in use must be maintained. Bryan Mena, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area video-game arcades can’t reopen yet. That has some owners feeling pinballed around," 10 Nov. 2020 Haggerty was formally read the charges against him Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court and is due back in court at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 for a pretrial hearing. Kelli Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Feds: Suburban Chicago businessman formed company as pandemic hit, then swindled more than $2.6 million from hospitals," 10 Nov. 2020 Most economists note that the economy’s painfully sluggish recovery from the 2008-2009 Great Recession was due in large part to government spending limits that took effect in 2010. Wire Reports, oregonlive, "Second stimulus bogs down, prospects uncertain for rest of this year," 10 Nov. 2020 The spread was due in large part to travel off the Navajo Nation and family gatherings, according to the news release. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation orders more weekend curfews as tribe sees 2nd COVID-19 wave," 7 Nov. 2020 Last week: 6-1 (Northlake Christian’s game was canceled, and Pope John Paul II played after this column was due. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Derry's Dimes: We'll have a much clearer playoff picture after Week 6," 4 Nov. 2020 Applications for childcare grants and any business grants are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 4. S. Wayne Carter Jr., baltimoresun.com, "Harford County offering $7,500 relief grants to childcare providers through federal CARES Act," 4 Nov. 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 On Tuesday, Cash made his decision with the top of the Dodgers' lineup due up. Jorge Castillo, Anchorage Daily News, "Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988," 28 Oct. 2020 The Financial Times, meanwhile, estimates that, in all, about nine hundred million dollars’ worth of Trump’s real-estate debt will come due within the next four years. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Why Trump Can’t Afford to Lose," 1 Nov. 2020 There's too much need, too much unavoidable federal spending for a bill not to come due eventually. NBC News, "A big blue dot in a deep red state, ready for Biden," 31 Oct. 2020 Cash made his decision with the top of the Dodgers’ lineup due up. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays to win first World Series title since 1988," 27 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 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

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First Known Use of due


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above


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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15 Nov 2020

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“Due.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/due. Accessed 27 Nov. 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



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



English Language Learners Definition of due (Entry 3 of 3)

: directly or exactly
\ 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



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



Kids Definition of due (Entry 3 of 3)

: directly sense 1 due north
\ 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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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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