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[doo, dyoo]
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adjective
  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.
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noun
  1. something that is due, owed, or naturally belongs to someone.
  2. Usually dues. a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, especially to a group or organization: membership dues.
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adverb
  1. directly or exactly: a due east course.
  2. Obsolete. duly.
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Idioms
  1. due to,
    1. attributable to; ascribable to: The delay was due to heavy traffic.
    2. because of; owing to: All planes are grounded due to fog.
  2. give someone his/her 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.
  3. pay one's dues, 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.
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Origin of due

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Middle French deu, past participle of devoir < Latin dēbēre to owe; see debt
Related formsdue·ness, noun
Can be confuseddew do due

Usage note

11. Due to as a prepositional phrase meaning “because of, owing to” has been in use since the 14th century: Due to the sudden rainstorm, the picnic was moved indoors. Some object to this use on the grounds that due is historically an adjective and thus should be used only predicatively in constructions like The delay was due to electrical failure. Despite such objections, due to occurs commonly as a compound preposition and is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.

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British Dictionary definitions for due to

due

adjective
  1. (postpositive) immediately payable
  2. (postpositive) owed as a debt, irrespective of any date for payment
  3. requisite; fitting; proper
  4. (prenominal) adequate or sufficient; enough
  5. (postpositive) expected or appointed to be present or arrivethe train is now due
  6. due to attributable to or caused by
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noun
  1. something that is owed, required, or due
  2. give a person his due to give or allow a person what is deserved or right
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adverb
  1. directly or exactly; straighta course due west
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See also dues

Word Origin

C13: from Old French deu, from devoir to owe, from Latin debēre; see debt, debit

usage

The use of due to as a compound preposition (the performance has been cancelled due to bad weather) was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable
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Word Origin and History for due to

due

adj.

early 14c., "customary, regular;" mid-14c., "owing, payable," from Old French deu, past participle of devoir "to owe," from Latin debere "to owe" (see debt).

In reference to points of the compass (e.g. due east) it is attested from c.1600, originally nautical, from notion of "fitting, rightful." As an adverb from 1590s; as a noun from early 15c. Prepositional phrase due to (much maligned by grammarians) is from 1897.

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Idioms and Phrases with due to

due to

1

Likely to, announced as, as in Betty bought more of the stock, believing it was due to rise, or The play is due to open next week. [Early 1900s]

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2

Attributable to, because of, as in Due to scanty rainfall, we may face a crop failure. This usage has been criticized by some authorities, but today it is widely considered standard. [Early 1900s] Also see on account of.

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3

Owing or payable to, as in We must give our staff whatever vacation is due to them.

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due

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