Meaning of “due” in the English Dictionary

"due" in British English

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dueadjective

uk /dʒuː/ us /duː/

due adjective (EXPECTED)

B1 expected to happen, arrive, etc. at a particular time:

What time is the next bus due?
The next meeting is due to be held in three months' time.
Their first baby is due in January.
in due course B2 formal

at a suitable time in the future:

You will receive notification of the results in due course.

More examples

  • The present chairman is due to retire next month.
  • They backed out of the deal the day before they were due to sign the contract.
  • When is the first payment due?
  • The parliamentary session is due to end on May 27.
  • He's due to appear in court again on Monday.

due adjective (RESULTING)

due to

More examples

  • The game has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
  • The problems might be due to a shortage of disk space.
  • He is the first to admit that much of his success is due to his good looks.
  • She had five days off work due to illness.
  • Due to injury, the team captain was forced to withdraw from the match.

B1 because of:

A lot of her unhappiness is due to boredom.
The bus was delayed due to heavy snow.

due adjective (OWED)

C2 owed as a debt or as a right:

The rent is due (= should be paid) at the end of the month.
£50 is due to me (US due me) from the people I worked for last month.
Our thanks are due to everyone.
UK law He was found to have been driving without due (= the necessary) care and attention.
be due for sth

C1 If you are due for something, you expect to receive it, because you deserve it:

I'm due for a promotion soon.

duenoun

uk /dʒuː/ us /duː/
give sb their due

said when you are praising someone for something good they have done, although you dislike other things about them:

He failed again, but to give him his due, he did try hard.
dues [ plural ]

the official payments that you make to an organization you belong to:

Members of the society pay $1,000 in annual dues.

dueadverb

uk /dʒuː/ us /duː/

(Definition of “due” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"due" in American English

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dueadjective

us /du/

due adjective (OWED)

[ not gradable ] owed as a debt or as a right:

I’m due a refund for the sweater I returned.
Our thanks are due to everyone who gave so generously.
The rent is now due (= should be paid).

due adjective (EXPECTED)

[ not gradable ] expected (to happen, arrive, etc.) at a particular time:

What time is the next train due?
[ + to infinitive ] The meeting is now due to take place next week.

due adjective (RESULTING)

due to

Due to can mean because of:

Due to computer problems, the checks will be late.
The flight was canceled due to bad weather.

due adjective (USUAL/CORRECT)

[ not gradable ] according to the usual custom or the correct process:

Phillips took due note of the key statistics.

due adverb [ not gradable ] (STRAIGHT)

(of north, south, east, or west) exactly, straight:

They headed due north.

(Definition of “due” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"due" in Business English

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dueadjective

uk /djuː/ us

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING an amount that is due on a particular date has to be paid on that date:

become/come/fall due A £110m interest payment to bondholders falls due on March 25.
due on/by sth More than $2.15 billion of its outstanding loans are due by the end of this year.
The loan carries an interest rate of 7.625% per annum and is due and payable on January 31.

if you are due something, it is owed to you as a right:

After 3 years employment, I'll be due 3 weeks vacation.

if someone is due to do something, they are expected to do it or going to do it:

He had been due to become technical director, but the company was taken over.

expected to happen, arrive, etc. at a particular time:

due on/by sth Applications are due by noon next Wednesday.
be due to do sth The tribunal is due to meet this week.

(Definition of “due” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)