see also: Due
  • (British) enPR: dyo͞o, jo͞o, IPA: /djuː/, /dʒuː/
  • (America) enPR: do͞o, IPA: /du/
  • (Australia, New Zealand) enPR: jo͞o, IPA: /dʒʉː/


  1. Owed or owing.
    He is due four weeks of back pay.
    The amount due is just three quid.
    The due bills total nearly seven thousand dollars.
    He can wait for the amount due him.
    Synonyms: needed, owing, to be made, required
  2. Appropriate.
    With all due respect, you're wrong about that.
    • With dirges due, in sad array, / Slow through the churchway path we saw him borne.
  3. Scheduled; expected.
    Rain is due this afternoon.
    The train is due in five minutes.
    When is your baby due?
    Synonyms: expected, forecast
  4. Having reached the expected, scheduled, or natural time.
    The baby is just about due.
    Synonyms: expected
  5. Owing; ascribable, as to a cause.
    The dangerously low water table is due to rapidly growing pumping.
    • This effect is due to the attraction of the sun.
  6. On a direct bearing, especially for the four points of the compass
    The town is 5 miles due North of the bridge.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: devido
  • Russian: подобать
  • German: fällig
  • Russian: ожида́емый
  • Spanish: salir de cuentas


  1. (used with compass directions) Directly; exactly.
    The river runs due north for about a mile.
Translations Noun

due (plural dues)

  1. Deserved acknowledgment.
    Give him his due — he is a good actor.
  2. (in plural dues) A membership fee.
  3. That which is owed; debt; that which belongs or may be claimed as a right; whatever custom, law, or morality requires to be done, duty.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      He will give the devil his due.
    • RQ
      Yearly little dues of wheat, and wine, and oil.
  4. Right; just title or claim.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      The key of this infernal pit by due […] I keep.
  • Russian: должный
  • Spanish: mérito

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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