due

[ doo, dyoo ]
/ du, dyu /

adjective

noun

something that is due, owed, or naturally belongs to someone.
Usually dues. a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, especially to a group or organization: membership dues.

adverb

directly or exactly: a due east course.
Obsolete. duly.

Idioms

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.

Pronunciation note

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British Dictionary definitions for due to

due

/ (djuː) /

adjective

noun

something that is owed, required, or due
give a person his due to give or allow a person what is deserved or right

adverb

directly or exactly; straighta course due west
See also dues

Word Origin for due

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with due to (1 of 2)

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]

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.

3

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

Idioms and Phrases with due to (2 of 2)

due


In addition to the idiom beginning with due

  • due to

also see:

  • give credit (where it's due)
  • give someone his or her due
  • give the devil his due
  • in due course
  • pay one's dues
  • with all due respect
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