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

This April, when another revision is due, the cuts may reach 10 percent to 15 percent, Nikkei reported. Washington Post, "Japan Health-Care Stocks Shake Off a Sickly Phase," 18 Sep. 2019 Since then, Furlong has mostly stayed out of the headlines until the surprise announcement made at SDCC about the latest Terminator chapter, which is due in theaters Nov. 1. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edward Furlong's 'Terminator' Return Renews Focus on Domestic Violence Past," 22 July 2019 Final Payment: Final payment of the full tuition and group flight airline tickets (if applicable), is due on March 15, 2020. National Geographic, "Terms & Conditions," 15 Sep. 2019 And that's due in part, surprisingly, to a drugstore face cream. Marci Robin, Allure, "Cardi B Used This Drugstore Face Cream as Body Lotion for Her Scenes in Hustlers," 15 Sep. 2019 Illustration by The New York Times By Farah Stockman and Carlos Mureithi Sept. 7, 2019 Tuition was due. Carlos Mureithi, New York Times, "Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas," 7 Sep. 2019 His campaign provided more details on Saturday, saying the plan would cancel an existing $81 billion in existing, past-due medical debt, with the federal government negotiating and paying off bills in collections. Washington Post, "Sanders: Medicare for All means more taxes, better coverage," 31 Aug. 2019 While the Ravens still intend to release Henry, who was due $720,000 in the final year of his rookie contract, the team reportedly will hold off on doing so until Saturday, meaning he could be traded. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Willie Henry Jr., Shane Ray, Michael Floyd among departures as Ravens’ roster cut-down begins," 30 Aug. 2019 The Clippers’ season-ticket renewal rate was a record 95%, with payments due before Leonard and George showed up, according to president of business operations Gillian Zucker. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Steve Ballmer’s vision for Clippers includes superstars and new look at broadcasting," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The profits were his: the only money John paid to the Black Axe was the roughly 10,000 naira in dues, collected each semester. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Fairfax joined as a core member in 2015, paying $10,000 in annual dues. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Local governments are trying to fix racial inequity. But the path forward isn’t clear.," 18 Aug. 2019 Alabama public school systems collected 18% more in required dues and fees in 2018 than in 2015. Hailey Auglair | Hauglair@al.com, al.com, "Alabama schools are charging more in required dues and fees," 24 July 2019 These are dues the friends happily pay, though, because their professions give them so much in return. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "On Chandler Bing’s Job," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, all that remains to be seen is how much dues creditors can recover if the tribunal accepts their pleas. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "India’s oldest private carrier is headed for the bankruptcy court as nobody wants to buy it," 18 June 2019 Gehani and co-owner Jay Pollak will offer 40 founding memberships costing $350,000, with no annual dues. Fortune, "You'll Need to Spend $350,000 to Join This Private Miami Club," 28 June 2018 The court deadlocked 4-4 on the same issue two years ago in a case brought by a group of California teachers opposed to paying the dues. NBC News, "Supreme Court ruling is major blow to public worker unions," 27 June 2018 The dues are meant to offset the cost of the union negotiating labor contracts and undertaking other activities that benefit members. Doug Finke, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court to rule on public-sector union fees in Janus vs. AFSCME case," 25 June 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, 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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