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

Albert's paternity has been a source of historical debate for some time, due in part to his close resemblance to his mother, both physically and in temperament. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesChris Jackson Meghan Markle hasn't just been prepping her new house for the arrival of the new baby—which, since the baby is due in the spring, needs to get done ASAP. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Been Working with a Doula As She Preps for Her First Delivery," 1 Feb. 2019 And that is due in no small part to Lu's mesmerizing serpentine braid, woven by hairstylist Tanya Melendez in a number of ornate iterations, inspiring awe and curiosity throughout the video. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kelsey Lu's Serpentine Braid Is the Breakout Star of Her "I'm Not in Love" Music Video," 11 Jan. 2019 As of press time, work on the game's fixes appears to be due entirely to one contributor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "You can now download the long-lost (and unfinished) SimCity NES port," 26 Dec. 2018 And like sand through the hourglass...we're likely to find out more information in due time! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson’s New Talk Show Might Mean ‘Days of Our Lives’ Gets Canceled," 20 Sep. 2018 Baby Sussex is due in late April/early May, according to royals reporters who overheard Markle tell this to well-wishers in Birkenhead, England on January 14. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby: Everything We Know," 24 Jan. 2019 However, sources previously revealed that Kardashian-West Baby #4 is due in early May, according to earlier reports from Us Weekly. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Confirms She's Having a Boy and Hints at the Due Date," 15 Jan. 2019 This summer is the 50th anniversary of photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, and the futuristic 10-story Gehry Tower, clad in stainless steel panels inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, is due in 2020. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unions like the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and their thousands of state and local affiliates exist for the same reason as the UAW: to advance the interests of dues-paying members. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Teachers Unions Don’t Really Strike for ‘the Kids’," 22 Jan. 2019 But none has drawn the fascination — or raised the ethical issues — of Mar-a-Lago, where Trump spends his time mixing work, business and pleasure in the company of dues-paying members. Jill Colvin, The Seattle Times, "Trump arrives at his comfort zone at ‘winter White House’," 20 Nov. 2018 In April, half of Unasur’s 12 member-states — Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru — stopped paying dues and suspended their membership. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 2019 According to Schlemmer, one thing many new buyers tend to overlook are additional fees, such as property insurance, taxes, homeowners association dues, maintenance, and higher electricity and water bills. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Making a move: First-time buyers should consider many factors," 23 Apr. 2018 Last year, some Scout leaders at local levels cited increasing legal liability as a reason annual dues for youth members and leaders were rising, in some cases to $33 from $24. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Boy Scouts Look for Paths to Stay Viable," 13 Dec. 2018 The club's annual dues are $14,000, and there's an annual food minimum of $2,000. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Mar-a-Lago Member, Handbag Designer Lana Marks, Is Donald Trump's Pick for Ambassador to South Africa," 16 Nov. 2018 More than 90 percent of them are members of the union and pay usual dues, spokesman Anders Lindall said. chicagotribune.com, "Rauner: State will stop withholding union fees from nonmembers; workers will be 'given an opportunity to modify their union status'," 27 June 2018 Members must also pay dues and attend mandatory meetings. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "The gang just as vicious as MS-13 but without the notoriety: Savage Trinitarios return to the spotlight after years in the shadows," 28 July 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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