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a baby is due (=is expected to be born)
▪ When is your baby due?
due cautionformal (= the carefulness that is necessary)
▪ An over-confident driver may overtake without due caution.
due date
▪ Fewer than five percent of women have their babies on their due date.
due in part to (=partly because of)
▪ Attendance at the meeting was small, due in part to the absence of teachers.
due largely to
▪ The restaurant’s success was due largely to its new manager.
due process
due to circumstances beyond sb’s control
▪ Occasionally flights are cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.
due to
▪ The court of inquiry ruled that the crash was due to pilot error.
due/proper consideration (=the necessary and suitable consideration)
▪ A lot of building took place without due consideration for the effect it would have on the area.
due/proper regard
▪ The aim is to get the job done as cheaply as possible, with due regard to high standards.
partly due to
▪ The company’s problems are partly due to bad management.
proper/due respect (=suitable)
▪ ‘I want proper respect,’ said Mother.
the due date (=the date by which something is due to happen)
▪ Payment must be made by the due date.
the rent is due (=it must be paid at a particular time)
▪ The rent is due at the beginning of the week.
▪ He is also due in Orkney this morning to hear evidence from concerned councillors and officials as part of his inquiry.
▪ It is also due to the fact that t ere are human intentions and abilities involved.
▪ Ayr, where racing is also due to take place on those two days are expected to make a decision today.
▪ She was also due to wear a £20,000 necklace-a present from Brad.
▪ The pressure of the gas is also due to the random motion of molecules.
▪ And Cheshire coroner John Hibbert is also due to open an inquest today.
▪ Thomas, who was also due to be sentenced yesterday, jumped bail last October.
▪ Municipal and communal elections also due on May 6 would still be held on that date.
▪ The remainder were largely due to sewage, industrial pollution or oil spillages.
▪ That was largely due to the centralized organization mandated for all Air Force wings-and its damaging results.
▪ Global warming is largely due to the loading of the atmosphere with carbon dioxide.
▪ In my view, this is largely due to the fact that he saw purpose very much in terms of particular design.
▪ Officials said the increase was largely due to extra holidays abroad encouraged by the favourable exchange rate of sterling.
▪ Thus, present-day surface relief is largely due to movements that occurred during and since the Tertiary Period.
▪ The improved forecast is largely due to lower projected costs for Medicare and Medicaid and welfare reform.
▪ This is partly due to parents not placing high value on a daughter's education.
▪ Yet the Warriors won Sunday night, partly due to the efforts of two of the only three forwards they had.
▪ The turnaround also was partly due to sharp cost-cutting to offset the effects of failed new products.
▪ I am sorry about the late arrival of our response which is partly due the time involved in consulting member organisations.
▪ Bush's shaky mandate was partly due to the closeness of the election vote and the legal wrangling afterwards.
▪ He's due back home at the end of the month, and will be totally involved on the Grand Prix circuit.
▪ This was the day, his secretary had told her, that Alexander was due back.
▪ Diana was due back in Britain early today while Charles continued his Far East tour.
▪ He's due back next week.
▪ She glanced at her watch, realising she didn't know when Dana and Garry were due back.
▪ She's not been home since, though she is due back soon.
▪ On the day he was due back I had lunch in the college dining hall with two friends from my year.
▪ He's already been fined 250 pounds for driving without due care and attention.
▪ The armed forces will take due care to avoid injury to civilians or their property. 37.
▪ Without their present powers even more of us would drive without due care and attention and the road casualty figures would soar.
▪ Even general relativity can, if due care is exercised, be subsumed into the Hamiltonian framework.
▪ He was found guilty of driving without due care and attention.
▪ Then she undressed with due care for her dress, unbelievably crisp after its night of stress.
▪ The court held that this should not have happened if due care had been used and the doctrine was applied.
▪ The plaintiff sued the defendants for breach of contract to exercise due care in giving him financial advice.
▪ The case was given due consideration, but in the end the plea made by his son Sergo was rejected.
▪ After due consideration she decided to go from the sublime to the ridiculous.
▪ I question whether the inspectorate is giving it due consideration.
▪ All bids, from whatever source, will be given due consideration.
▪ However I've been told there is no law of trespass as long as there is due consideration to private property.
▪ They should be taken seriously and be given due consideration.
▪ At the same time due consideration must always be given to the visual effect of the grain markings.
▪ In due course the main gallery will be refurbished and modernised to provide an important contribution to the cultural amenities of Bristol.
▪ In due course, these accounts found their way into print.
▪ All the information obtained is being collated and will be published in the Journal in due course.
▪ In due course Agnes forgot her first impulse, yet was moving inexorably on an almost preordained path.
▪ The Social Secretary reported on the winter programme - details of each event from him in due course.
▪ I look forward, therefore, to receiving your cheque for £1300 in due course.
▪ Practice varies as to whether the investor should disclose the due diligence report to the vendor.
▪ Presumably the Democratic National Committee checked the guest list with due diligence as to foreign corporate connections.
▪ Terms of reference for due diligence will naturally be a matter for yourselves and the investigating accountants to consider and agree.
▪ Indemnities for specific items already identified by the key features review and any further items discovered at due diligence.
▪ I think the answer is, after due diligence, we will be looking at expansion.
▪ They will of course be subject to a number of conditions such as inter alia a given level of profits and due diligence.
▪ And predators may be hesitating longer than i the past, over due diligence studies.
▪ Following due diligence the purchaser may try to seek price reductions to cover issues which their accountant's have identified.
▪ Such total contempt for due process of law demands serious sanctions.
▪ Tenured teachers have a property interest in continued employment and therefore are always entitled to due process protections prior to dismissal.
▪ Anger at what has been perpetrated and an insistence on due process are the essential combination in dealing with war crimes.
▪ But that liberty is not guaranteed absolutely against deprivation, only against deprivation without due process of law.
▪ An outrageous violation of due process required even more severe sanction.
▪ Neither Till nor Parker benefited from that due process thing.
▪ Other courts have found due process violations because the school board was not sitting as an impartial hearing body.
▪ But, as this Court has recognized, discrimination may be so unjustifiable as to be violative of due process.
▪ The owner of land must have due regard for others who occupy adjoining property.
▪ This can lead to duties being allocated without due regard for the needs of patients.
▪ Failure to take due regard of this obligation places your patients at risk and may jeopardise your right to practise.
▪ Thus good planning must have due regard for economic realities.
▪ I have always been led to believe that we must pay due regard to a Bill's title.
▪ The Home Office was willingly cooperating with other authorities to ensure the events passed off peacefully and with due respect.
▪ With all due respect to February, it can be one of the most mundane months of the sports year.
▪ The headteacher exercises the delegated authority with care and due respect for both the power and responsibility it entails.
▪ With due respect to our father, a very nice man, Mum possessed all the charisma.
▪ Yet, with all due respect, are there not too many central bankers stalking the globe?
▪ Dad, with all due respect, was not exactly the most suitable husband.
▪ Even so, the All Blacks, who include seven capped players, will give today's opponents due respect.
▪ Apparently they had not approached with due respect to the spirits of the Hills.
▪ My valet, Purvis, will find out which in due time.
▪ Ah yes, in due time.
▪ In due time, I returned to the country about the city of Geneva.
▪ In due time such a man came to the town.
▪ I arrived there at the due time and waited and waited, but no corporal appeared.
(give) credit where credit is due
be past due
▪ Their rent is three months past due.
▪ To truly justify the praise he survives on, Hartley is past due a crack at the mainstream.
with (the greatest) respect/with (all) due respect
▪ I was assured that any money due me would be sent immediately.
▪ Million dollar interest payments will be due in two years.
▪ She should be given the respect due a great educator.
▪ The computer printout shows the name and address of the buyer, the quantity ordered and the amount due.
▪ If he is competent, he knows the law, knows what he must do, and what is due him.
▪ In due course, it was time.
▪ On 10 October due to strong wind, four bamboos dropped off lowest layer of raft.
▪ Some 250 schools operate in 21 states with 100 more schools due to get under way in the coming year, Clinton said.
▪ The hearing was due to begin at Quezon City regional court on Dec. 9.
▪ Undoubtedly, due to measures introduced in the late 1980s, it is much safer than before.
▪ Similar conservatism is reflected in the treatment of revenue from feudal dues.
▪ On his death there were then no freehold estates to pass and therefore no liability to feudal dues.
▪ However, I state again that enforcement procedures offer plenty of opportunities for some one to pay their dues and so avoid imprisonment.
▪ At that time, enough members paid their dues voluntarily to keep services going.
▪ We're divorced now and he pays his dues, but won't have anything to do with me or our son.
▪ But it is important that you pay your dues.
▪ They had a leadership, and members who paid dues and were organized in local groups.
▪ Singers pay dues of about $ 10 per month and provide their own concert attire.
▪ Given that Washington has for years refused to pay its dues in full, this discrepancy has caused resentment.
▪ She paid her dues playing in clubs in the West Coast and New York.
▪ At first I thought they were upset about the dues, which had been doubled.
▪ Most of the income comes from membership dues and from sales.
▪ Surely, if she was the caring person she makes out, she would insist on paying her dues.
▪ Beehive, another sulfide edifice, is a five-minute submersible ride due west of Moose.
The Collaborative International Dictionary


Due \Due\, a. [OF. deu, F. d[^u], p. p. of devoir to owe, fr. L. debere. See Debt, Habit, and cf. Duty.]

  1. Owed, as a debt; that ought to be paid or done to or for another; payable; owing and demandable.

  2. Justly claimed as a right or property; proper; suitable; becoming; appropriate; fit.

    Her obedience, which is due to me.

    With dirges due, in sad array, Slow through the churchway path we saw him borne.

  3. Such as (a thing) ought to be; fulfilling obligation; proper; lawful; regular; appointed; sufficient; exact; as, due process of law; due service; in due time.

  4. Appointed or required to arrive at a given time; as, the steamer was due yesterday.

  5. Owing; ascribable, as to a cause.

    This effect is due to the attraction of the sun.
    --J. D. Forbes.


Due \Due\, adv. Directly; exactly; as, a due east course.


Due \Due\, n.

  1. That which is owed; debt; that which one contracts to pay, or do, to or for another; that which belongs or may be claimed as a right; whatever custom, law, or morality requires to be done; a fee; a toll.

    He will give the devil his due.

    Yearly little dues of wheat, and wine, and oil.

  2. Right; just title or claim.

    The key of this infernal pit by due . . . I keep.


Due \Due\, v. t. To endue. [Obs.]



  1. adj. owed and payable immediately or on demand; "payment is due" [syn: owed] [ant: undue]

  2. proper and appropriate; fitting; "richly deserved punishment"; "due esteem" [syn: deserved]

  3. scheduled to arrive; "the train is due in 15 minutes" [syn: due(p)]

  4. suitable to or expected in the circumstances; "all due respect"; "due cause to honor them"; "a long due promotion"; "in due course" [ant: undue]

  5. reasonable in the circumstances; "gave my comments due consideration"; "exercising due care"


  1. n. that which is deserved or owed; "give the devil his due"

  2. a payment that is due (e.g., as the price of membership); "the society dropped him for non-payment of dues"


adv. directly or exactly; straight; "went due North"



Due or DUE may refer to:

  • DNA unwinding element
  • two, from the Italian due
    • Due – Due, the football match between Denmark and Sweden in the UEFA Euro 2004
  • Postage due, mail sent with insufficient postage
  • Union dues, membership fees paid by members of labor unions
  • "Due", a song by the American musical group Mindless Self Indulgence
  • Due, a character in the anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers
  • A membership fee
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


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).\n

\nIn reference to points of the compass (as in 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.



a. 1 Owed or owing. 2 Appropriate. 3 Scheduled; expected. 4 Having reached the expected, scheduled, or natural time. adv. (context used with compass directions English) directly; exactly. n. Deserved acknowledgment.


Usage examples of "due".

I should hereafter act in contravention of this abjuration, I here and now bind and oblige myself to suffer the due punishments for backsliders, however sever they may be.

On examination, we found a very varicose or enlarged condition of the left spermatic veins, and gave it as our opinion that the seminal loss was wholly due to this abnormal condition and could only be cured by an operation that would remove the varicocele.

She stated the only reason she went to the doctor was due to the abrasions on her knee getting infected.

This dictum became, two years later, accepted doctrine when the Court invalidated a State law on the ground that it abridged freedom of speech contrary to the due process clause of Amendment XIV.

I have no doubt that this was due to the prolonged irritation of the glands, as the starch continued to absorb the secretion.

Recall that Einstein accomplished this by realizing that an accelerated observer is also perfectly justified in declaring himself or herself to be at rest, and in claiming that the force he or she feels is due to a gravitational field.

This is specially apt to occur when sodium acetate is present, although it may also be due to excessive dilution.

It is generally due to acidity of the alimentary canal, to which the treatment must be directed.

Nest stood ran almost due south, it would be quicker to continue along it and cross the Acis lower down than to retrace the steps Dorcas and I had already taken and go back to the foot of the postern wall of Acies Castle.

She now first felt a sensation to which she had been before a stranger, and which, when she had leisure to reflect on it, began to acquaint her with some secrets, which the reader, if he doth not already guess them, will know in due time.

As the points of affinity of the bizcacha to Marsupials are believed to be real and not merely adaptive, they are due on my theory to inheritance in common.

Negroes who had received sentences of death for rape, and asserted that, at least in capital cases, where the defendant is unable to employ counsel and is incapable adequately of making his own defense because of ignorance, illiteracy, or the like, it is the duty of the court, whether requested or not, to assign counsel for him as a necessary requisite of due process of Law.

A hearing before judgment, with full opportunity to submit evidence and arguments being all that can be adjudged vital, it follows that rehearings and new trials are not essential to due process of law.

Equally consistent with the requirements of due process is a statutory procedure whereby a prosecutor of a case is adjudged liable for costs, and committed to jail in default of payment thereof, whenever the court or jury, after according him an opportunity to present evidence of good faith, finds that he instituted the prosecution without probable cause and from malicious motives.

Though you cannot want sufficient calls to repentance for the many unwarrantable weaknesses exemplified in your behaviour to this wretch, so much to the prejudice of your own lawful family, and of your character, I say, though these may sufficiently be supposed to prick and goad your conscience at this season, I should yet be wanting to my duty, if I spared to give you some admonition in order to bring you to a due sense of your errors.