due: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (d, dy), [key]
— adj.
  1. owed at present; having reached the date for payment: This bill is due.
  2. owing or owed, irrespective of whether the time of payment has arrived: This bill is due next month.
  3. owing or observed as a moral or natural right.
  4. rightful; proper; fitting: due care; in due time.
  5. adequate; sufficient: a due margin for delay.
  6. under engagement as to time; expected to be ready, be present, or arrive; scheduled: The plane is due at noon.
  7. The delay was due to heavy traffic.
    1. attributable to; ascribable to:The delay was due to heavy traffic.
    2. because of; owing to:All planes are grounded due to fog.
  1. something that is due, owed, or naturally belongs to someone.
  2. Usually,a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, esp. to a group or organization: membership dues.
  3. Even though he had once cheated me, I tried to give him his due.
    1. to give what justice demands; treat fairly:Even though he had once cheated me, I tried to give him his due.
    2. to credit a disliked or dishonorable person for something that is likable, honorable, or the like.
  4. to earn respect, a position, or a right by hard work, sacrifice, or experience: She's a famous musician now, but she paid her dues with years of practice and performing in small towns.
  1. directly or exactly: a due east course.
  2. duly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • due (Thesaurus)