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due

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adjective \ˈdü, ˈdyü\

Definition of due

  1. 1 :  owed or owing as a debt

  2. 2 a :  owed or owing as a natural or moral right <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. 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. 4 :  capable of being attributed :  ascribable —used with to <this advance is partly due to a few men of genius — A. N. Whitehead>

  5. 5 :  having reached the date at which payment is required :  payable <the rent is due>

  6. 6 :  required or expected in the prescribed, normal, or logical course of events :  scheduled <the train is due at noon>; also :  expected to give birth

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.

Origin and Etymology of due

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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due

noun

Definition of due

  1. :  something due or owed: as a :  something that rightfully belongs to one <give him his due> b :  a payment or obligation required by law or custom :  debt c 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.

15th Century

First Known Use of due

15th century


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due

adverb

Definition of due

  1. 1 :  directly, exactly <due north>

  2. 2 obsolete :  duly

Examples of due in a sentence

  1. <the island lies due south of the headland>

  2. <a plane flying due east>

1582

First Known Use of due

1582



DUE Defined for English Language Learners

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due

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adjective \ˈdü, ˈdyü\

Definition of due for English Language Learners

  • : required or expected to happen : expected to be in a particular place at a particular time

  • : expected to be born

  • : expected to give birth


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due

noun

Definition of due for English Language Learners

  • 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


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due

adverb

Definition of due for English Language Learners

  • : directly or exactly


DUE Defined for Kids

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due

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adjective \ˈdü, ˈdyü\

Definition of due for Students

  1. 1 :  required or expected to happen or be done <This assignment is due tomorrow.>

  2. 2 :  owed or deserved <Payment is due.> <Treat your teacher with due respect.>

  3. 3 :  in a proper or necessary amount <I will give your idea due consideration.>

due to

  1. :  because of <“The common rat is highly valued … due to his toughness …” — Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH>


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due

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noun

Definition of due for Students

  1. 1 :  something that should be given <Give the man his due, he's a fighter.>

  2. 2 dues plural :  a regular or legal charge or fee


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due

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adverb

Definition of due for Students

  1. :  directly 1 <due north>


Medical Dictionary

due

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adjective \ˈd(y)ü\

Medical Definition of due

  1. :  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

Legal Definition of due

  1. 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. 2 :  capable of being attributed —used with to <any loss due to neglect>

  3. 3a :  having reached the date at which payment is required :  payable b :  owed though not yet required to be paid

  4. 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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