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deadline

noun [C]     /ˈdedlaɪn/
the time or date by which something must be done: The application deadline is February 16.a deadline of March 21/5 o'clock/next Thursday, etc. We have already agreed a deadline of July 1 2011.a July/Monday/midnight deadline 900,000 applications were handed in by yesterday's noon deadline. The deadline for bids was yesterday lunchtime.a deadline to do sth They have been given a 12-month deadline to create a plan for the region.a strict/tight deadline We had a very tight deadline to keep to on the project and things were getting tense.set/give a deadline They have set us a deadline of 30 July to pay the money.meet/make a deadline She was worried that they would not meet the deadline and that penalties would be imposed. We hit delays and asked to extend the deadline. If you miss the deadline your application cannot be considered.a deadline approaches/looms The deadline was looming and things were getting tense in the office.
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