- attributable to; ascribable to: The delay was due to heavy traffic.
- because of; owing to: All planes are grounded due to fog.
- to give what justice demands; treat fairly: Even though he had once cheated me, I tried to give him his due.
- to credit a disliked or dishonorable person for something that is likable, honorable, or the like.
Origin of due
Related formsdue·ness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for due to
Word Origin for due
Idioms and Phrases with due to (1 of 2)
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]
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.
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with due
- due to
- 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