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

Project Athena notebooks are due in the second half of 2019, with support from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, Sharp, and even Google. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel unveils Project Athena Open Labs to develop next-gen thin, light, always-connected laptops," 7 May 2019 A week past her due date (which feels more like a year to a heavily pregnant woman...) the Duchess went to the hospital, the Mail reports. Glamour, "Meghan Markle Didn't Have A Home Birth Like She Planned for the Royal Baby," 6 May 2019 Meghan and her mom are notably close, and Doria was present for the royal baby's birth, after arriving in London in recent weeks as Meghan neared her due date. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland Is "Overjoyed" About Her First Grandchild," 6 May 2019 The appearance is another huge clue about Baby Sussex's due date, since Harry would not have turned out for the event if Meghan had either just given birth or already gone into labor. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry's Surprise Appearance at the London Marathon Is Another Major Clue About Baby Sussex's Due Date," 28 Apr. 2019 While the palace has not confirmed the Duchess of Sussex's official due date, the press office did give a small clue in the official pregnancy announcement released in October. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Meghan Markle's Due Date? Here's When the Royal Baby Will Likely Be Born," 18 Apr. 2019 Luckily, there were also reports that Meghan would be due in early May, so the wait for a royal baby continues as the new month begins. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "No, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby "Hasn't Been Born Yet"," 3 May 2019 The Duchess of Sussex is due in spring of 2019 and has had to endure lots of negative comments about her body. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Abby Huntsman Got Super Emotional About Being Body-Shamed," 11 Jan. 2019 Furthermore, the theory suggests Lilo's love of photography and unusual taste in books are due in part to her parents' CIA influence. 2. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019

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In the California Teachers Association, about 8 to 10 percent of the people represented pay agency fees rather than membership dues, said Eric Heins, a Pittsburg teacher and president of the union. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "California public worker unions face tough times after Supreme Court ruling," 27 June 2018 For instance, after right-to-work laws passed in Michigan (2012) and Wisconsin (2015), outlawing agency fees, teacher union dues in these two states dropped between one-third and one-half. James Feigenbaum, Washington Post, "The Supreme Court just dealt unions a big blow in Janus. Here’s what you need to know about the political fallout.," 27 June 2018 Janus’s fees amounted to roughly 70 percent of a full member’s dues. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court’s Conservatives Take Their Long-Awaited Shot at Unions," 27 June 2018 The justices said state government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be compelled to pay a share of union dues for covering the cost of negotiating contracts. NBC News, "Supreme Court ruling is major blow to public worker unions," 27 June 2018 Issues to be addressed over the coming months include finding a new name for the congregation, creating a uniform dues and fees structure and determining the policies that will govern the combined endowment fund, to name just a few. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Two Highland Park synagogues set to merge in 2019," 1 May 2018 The bar has approved partial refunds of bar dues for six lawyers who requested their money back, said spokeswoman Kateri Walsh. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Oregon State Bar's statement on 'white nationalism' draws criticism," 23 Apr. 2018 Public-sector labor unions were dealt a major blow this June, when the Supreme Court barred contracts that would require government workers across the country to pay union dues in a 5-4 decision. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Judge Curbs Trump Orders That Made It Easier to Fire Federal Workers," 25 Aug. 2018 The next day, the high court delivered a major setback to labor unions, ruling that government employees can’t be forced to pay union dues. BostonGlobe.com, "For Democrats, justice’s retirement is the cruelest twist," 29 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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