Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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.]
Owed, as a debt; that ought to be paid or done to or for another; payable; owing and demandable.
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.
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.
Appointed or required to arrive at a given time; as, the steamer was due yesterday.
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.
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.
Right; just title or claim.
The key of this infernal pit by due . . . I keep.
Due \Due\, v. t.
To endue. [Obs.]
proper and appropriate; fitting; "richly deserved punishment"; "due esteem" [syn: deserved]
scheduled to arrive; "the train is due in 15 minutes" [syn: due(p)]
suitable to or expected in the circumstances; "all due respect"; "due cause to honor them"; "a long due promotion"; "in due course" [ant: undue]
reasonable in the circumstances; "gave my comments due consideration"; "exercising due care"
n. that which is deserved or owed; "give the devil his due"
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.