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Meaning of due by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French deu ( “due” ), past participle of devoir ( “to owe” ), from Latin debere ( “to owe” ), from de ( “from” ) + habere ( “to have” )


    • ( UK ) IPA: /djuː/, X-SAMPA: /dju:/
      • Homophone: dew
    • ( US ) enPR: do͞o, IPA: /du/, X-SAMPA: /du/
      • Homophone: dew, do, doo
    • Rhymes: -uː


    due ( comparative more due, superlative most due )

    1. Owed or owing
      He is due four weeks of back pay .
      The amount due is just three quid .
      The due bills total nearly seven thousand dollars .
      He can wait for the amount due him .
    2. Appropriate .
      With all due respect, you're wrong about that .
    3. Scheduled; expected .
      Rain is due this afternoon .
      The train is due in five minutes .
      When is your baby due?
    4. Having reached the expected, scheduled, or natural time
      The baby is just about due .


    Derived terms


    due ( comparative more due, superlative most due )

    1. ( used with compass directions ) Directly; exactly .
      The river runs due north for about a mile .


    due ( plural: dues )

    1. Deserved acknowledgment .
      Give him his duehe is a good actor .
    2. ( in plural: dues ) A membership fee .

    Derived terms


    External links

    • due in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • due in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • due at OneLook Dictionary Search


    • Deu .

Explanation of due by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. directly or exactly

    2. went due North
    1. owed and payable immediately or on demand

    2. payment is due
    3. suitable to or expected in the circumstances

    4. all due respect
      due cause to honor them
      a long due promotion
      in due course
      due esteem
      exercising due care
    5. capable of being assigned or credited to

    6. the cancellation of the concert was due to the rain
    7. scheduled to arrive

    8. the train is due in 15 minutes
    1. that which is deserved or owed

    2. give the devil his due
    3. a payment that is due ( e.g., as the price of membership )

    4. the society dropped him for non-payment of dues

    Definition of due by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Due a. [OF. deu, F. dû, p. p. of devoir to owe, fr. L. debere. See Debt, Habit, and cf. Duty.]
      1. Owed, as a debt; that ought to be paid or done to or for another; payable; owing and demandable.

      2. Justly claimed as a right or property; proper; suitable; becoming; appropriate; fit.

      Her obedience, which is due to me. Shak.

      With dirges due, in sad array,

      Slow through the churchway path we saw him borne. Gray.

      3. Such as ( a thing ) ought to be; fulfilling obligation; proper; lawful; regular; appointed; sufficient; exact; as, “due process of law; due service; in due time.”

      4. Appointed or required to arrive at a given time; as, “the steamer was due yesterday”.

      5. Owing; ascribable, as to a cause.

      This effect is due to the attraction of the sun. J. D. Forbes.

    2. Due, adv. Directly; exactly; as, “a due east course”.

    3. Due, n.
      1. That which is owed; debt; that which one contracts to pay, or do, to or for another; that which belongs or may be claimed as a right; whatever custom, law, or morality requires to be done; a fee; a toll.

      He will give the devil his due. Shak.

      Yearly little dues of wheat, and wine, and oil. Tennyson.

      2. Right; just title or claim.

      The key of this infernal pit by due . . . I keep. Milton.

    4. Due, v. t. To endue. [Obs.] Shak.