- owed at present; having reached the date for payment: This bill is due.
- owing or owed, irrespective of whether the time of payment has arrived: This bill is due next month.
- owing or observed as a moral or natural right.
- rightful; proper; fitting: due care; in due time.
- adequate; sufficient: a due margin for delay.
- under engagement as to time; expected to be ready, be present, or arrive; scheduled: The plane is due at noon.
- 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.
- directly or exactly: a due east course.
- Obsolete. duly.
- due to,
- attributable to; ascribable to: The delay was due to heavy traffic.
- because of; owing to: All planes are grounded due to fog.
- give someone his/her due,
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of due
Related Wordsduty, levy, fee, kickback, pay, debit, tax, collection, custom, liability, charge, protection, toll, ante, contribution, debt, assessment, obligation, rates, arrearage
Examples from the Web for dues
And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility… He made a mistake, and he's paid his dues.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy
December 7, 2014
It also says dues go toward paying a more than $15 million federal racketeering settlement.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
“I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues,” she once noted.Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, The Drink of Brilliant Renegades
June 15, 2014
You pay your dues, you get to use the name, the symbol, and the force that comes with it—you make money.Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
March 9, 2014
Perhaps these workers did not want their dues siphoned off for political activity.Justice Thomas Is Right About America’s Obsession With Race
February 21, 2014
Dues would be merely nominal, a dollar a year or some such matter.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
His law existed only for himself; his government had no object but to collect his dues.The Scapegoat
They'll pay our dues, and what they get back will be their own!
What is it to you if O'Sullivan Og takes our dues for us—and a trifle over?
I'm made aware that the goods are held under lien for dues, and I can do nothing.
- (sometimes singular) charges, as for membership of a club or organization; feestrade-union dues
- (postpositive) immediately payable
- (postpositive) owed as a debt, irrespective of any date for payment
- requisite; fitting; proper
- (prenominal) adequate or sufficient; enough
- (postpositive) expected or appointed to be present or arrivethe train is now due
- due to attributable to or caused by
- something that is owed, required, or due
- give a person his due to give or allow a person what is deserved or right
- directly or exactly; straighta course due west
Word Origin and History for dues
"fee for membership," 1660s, from plural of due (n.). To pay (one's) dues in the figurative sense is from 1943. "Giue them their due though they were diuels" .
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.
Idioms and Phrases with dues
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