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February 17, 2016
due (adjective, noun, adverb)
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Due is an adjective that means ‘owed’ or ‘deserved,’ or expected to happen at a particular time. If a bill or a piece of work is due, that means it needs to be paid or submitted immediately. As a noun, due refers to something that you have to pay or give someone. Dues, always in the plural, is a regular fee or contribution, normally paid to an organization. As an adverb used before a direction, like “north” or “south,” due means ‘directly’ or ‘exactly.’


Example sentences


Give the boy the credit that is due to him; he tried very hard.
Peter paid his staff the wages that were due to them.
The train is due in half an hour.
Charlotte’s baby is due next month.
My mother always pays her bills before they are due.
Edward was a very good father, to give him his due.
Members must pay their dues by the end of the month.
Follow this road due south for two miles, then turn west.


Words often used with due
with all due respect: an expression used when you are going to say something the listener will not like. Example: “With all due respect, Paul, I think you are wrong about this.”
pay your dues: earn respect by working hard. Example: “Erica paid her dues for years before she finally got a promotion.”
due date: the date a baby is due. Example: “My husband is taking time off work around my due date to make sure he is there for the birth.”
Multi-word forms
due to: caused by. Example: “The car accident was due to the bad weather.”
Did you know?
People often ask pregnant women when they are due, when what they are really asking is when the baby is due to be born. Example: “Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! When are you due?”
Due dates back to the late 13th or early 14th century and comes from the Latin word dēbēre, meaning ‘to owe,’ and the Anglo-French and Middle French word deu, the past participle of the verb devoir.
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