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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 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



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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There was no excuse for inaction with a moving van due at my door. Ann Hymes, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 June 2022 Spacey is due at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 10:00 London time on June 16. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 In due time Levis may be playing golf and football with them all. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 In due time, Herta might give a new set of veterans a run for their money. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Bangladeshi director/producer Abu Shahed Emon is also due at Cannes. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 17 May 2022 First, current law does not treat a bequest as a sale so no income tax is due at death. Steve Rosenthal, Forbes, 13 May 2022 An Amtrak passenger train from San Diego to Los Angeles, due at the crossing about 7: 15 p.m., was delayed while the tracks were cleared. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Packages are on sale now and require a 50% cost of cabin deposit due at booking. Ebony Williams, ajc, 11 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These are the pieces of his legacy that admirers and family are now compiling to give him his due. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 6 June 2022 The Olympics acknowledge that the sexes are different in their running potential, and give each its full due. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2019 Lee Strasberg is frequently cast as the villain in accounts of the Method, though Butler is careful to give him his due. Evan Kindley, The New Republic, 31 Jan. 2022 Both projects are welcome testaments to the legacy of a pioneering producer who is finally receiving his due. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Mar. 2022 Chen, 22, fared poorly in the short program at the 2018 Olympics, coming in fifth due only to his winning long program performance. Peter Weber, The Week, 7 Feb. 2022 Yet, there are more and more Spanish-language afrobeats cropping up in beautiful ways that pay righteous due. Marjua Estevez, refinery29.com, 20 Jan. 2022 Her ombre bob is split down the middle to give the tattoo its full due. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 30 Dec. 2021 The first episode features Willie McGinest and Drew Bledsoe, and the latter gets more than his due from the understudy who usurped him. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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 O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the 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


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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



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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