From Middle English dewe, dew, due, from Old French deü (“due”), past participle of devoir (“to owe”), from Latin dēbēre, present active infinitive of dēbeō (“I owe”), from dē- (“from”) + habeō (“I have”).
- (UK) enPR: dyo͞o, jo͞o, IPA(key): /djuː/, /dʒuː/
- (US) enPR: do͞o, IPA(key): /du/
- Homophones: dew, do, doo
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- (General Australian, New Zealand) enPR: jo͞o, IPA(key): /dʒʉː/
- Homophones: dew, Jew
- Rhymes: -uː
due (comparative more due, superlative most due)
- Owed or owing.
- With all due respect, you're wrong about that.
- 1750 June 12 (date written; published 1751), T[homas] Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”, in Designs by Mr. R[ichard] Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray, London: […] R[obert] Dodsley, […], published 1753, →OCLC:
- With dirges due, in sad array, / Slow through the churchway path we saw him borne.
- Scheduled; expected.
- Rain is due this afternoon.
- The train is due in five minutes.
- When is your baby due?
- 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 42:
- As he passed though the station, he slowed to yell to the signalman, Frank 'Sailor' Bridges: "Sailor - have you anything between here and Fordham? Where's the mail?" Gimbert knew the mail train was due, and he didn't want to endanger another train with his burning bomb wagon.
- Having reached the expected, scheduled, or natural time.
- The baby is just about due.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess:
- The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.
- Synonym: expected
- Owing; ascribable, as to a cause.
- The dangerously low water table is due to rapidly growing pumping.
- 1852, James David Forbes, “Dissertation on the Progress of Mathematical and Physical Science”, in Encyclopædia Britannica:
- the milky aspect be due to a confusion of small stars
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- Mother […] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.
- On a direct bearing, especially for the four points of the compass
- The town is 5 miles due North of the bridge.
- credit where credit's due
- driving without due care and attention
- due and payable
- due course
- due date
- due diligence
- due process
- due process of law
- due to
- fall due
- give credit where credit is due
- in due course
- in due time
- make due
- postage due
- postage-due stamp
- postage due stamp
- taxes due
- with all due respect
- with due respect
due (comparative more due, superlative most due)
due (plural dues)
- Deserved acknowledgment.
- Give him his due — he is a good actor.
- 2015 January 31, Daniel Taylor, “David Silva seizes point for Manchester City as Chelsea are checked”, in The Guardian (London):
- Chelsea, to give them their due, did start to cut out the defensive lapses as the game went on but they needed to because their opponents were throwing everything at them in those stages and, if anything, seemed encouraged by the message that Mourinho’s Rémy-Cahill switch sent out.
- (in plural dues) A membership fee.
- 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 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii]:
- He will give the devil his due.
- 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “The Lotos-Eaters”, in Poems. […], volume I, London: Edward Moxon, […], →OCLC, stanza 8, page 184:
- Chanted from an ill-used race of men that cleave the soil, / Sow the seed, and reap the harvest with enduring toil, / Storing yearly little dues of wheat, and wine and oil; […]
- Right; just title or claim.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC:
- The key of this infernal pit by due […] I keep.
- “due”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “due”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- due at OneLook Dictionary Search
From Old Norse dúfa, from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ, cognate with Norwegian due, Swedish duva, Dutch duif, German Taube, English dove.
due c (singular definite duen, plural indefinite duer)
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| Cardinal: du|
Multiplier: duobla, duopa
Fractional: duona, duono
due f sg
- feminine singular of the past participle of devoir
- “due”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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| Cardinal: due|
Ordinal abbreviation: 2º
Adverbial: due volte
Multiplier: doppio, duplice
Collective: entrambi, tutti e due
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From Latin duae, feminine plural of duo, from Proto-Italic *duō, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.
due m (invariable)
- → Norwegian Bokmål: due
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- Alternative form of dewe (“due”)
- Alternative form of dewe (“due”)
- Alternative form of dué (“two”)
From Old Norse dúfa (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewbʰ- (“hazy, unclear, dark; deep”). Cognate with Danish due, Swedish duva, Icelandic dúfa, Dutch duif, German Taube, English dove. The sense “politician favouring conciliation” is a semantic loan from English dove.
due f or m (definite singular dua or duen, indefinite plural duer, definite plural duene)
- (zoology) a dove or pigeon; culver (one of several birds of the family Columbidae, which consists of more than 300 species)
- 1949, Johan Borgen, Jenny og påfuglen, page 34:
- enkelte av disse blide duer var tilmed så foretaksomme at de ikke nøyde seg med å legge brev og aviser fra seg på det store bordet i hålen
- some of these cheerful pigeons were even so enterprising that they did not content themselves with leaving letters and newspapers on the big table in the hole
- 1874, Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt, page 161:
- falk og due, due og falk
- falcon and dove, dove and falcon
- leke hauk og due
- play hawk and dove; a game in which one participant tries to catch the other
- (humorous, in the plural) a couple that is very much in love
- 1885, Henrik Ibsen, Brand, page 89:
- hej, øves leg af kælne duer på disse ørkenbrune tuer!
- hey, practice playing with cuddly pigeons on these desert brown tufts!
- Synonym: turteldue
- (poetic) a dove (term of endearment for a woman one holds dearly)
- (figuratively) a symbol of peace and reconciliation
- fredens due ― dove of peace
- Synonym: fredsdue
- (politics) a dove (a person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict)
- 1968, Pax, page 11:
- den selvsamme «hauk» som tapte for den republikanske «duen» Hatfield ved senatsvalget
- the very "hawk" who lost to the Republican "dove" Hatfield in the Senate election
- 1971, Dagbladet, page 12:
- senator Edward M. Kennedy – en av «duene» i amerikansk politikk når det gjelder Vietnam-krigen
- Senator Edward M. Kennedy - one of the "doves" of American politics in the Vietnam War
- (Christianity) a symbol of the Holy Spirit
- 1885, Henrik Ibsen, Brand, page 219:
- Guds klarheds due sidder skjult; ve, aldrig over mig den dalte
- The dove of God's clarity sits hidden; woe, never upon me it fell
- (sports) a clay pigeon (a flying target used as moving target in sport shooting)
- Synonym: leirdue
From the pronoun du (“you”), from Old Norse þú (“you”), from Proto-Germanic *þū (“you”), from Proto-Indo-European *túh₂ (“you”).
due (passive dues, imperative du, present tense duer, simple past and past participle duet, present participle duende, verbal noun duing)
- (colloquial, transitive) to say du (you) to someone
- 1910, Nini Roll Anker, Per Haukeberg, page 206:
- det var vel rimelig du maatte due en slik kar
- it was probably reasonable you had to say you to such a guy
Misspelling, or a dialectal form, of duge (“to help; be useful”), from Old Norse duga (“to help, aid; do, suffice”), from Proto-Germanic *duganą (“to be useful, avail”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰedʰówgʰe (“to be productive”), from the root *dʰewgʰ- (“to produce; be strong, have force”).
- Misspelling of duge.
From Italian due (“two”), from Latin duae, feminine plural of duo (“two”), from Proto-Italic *duō (“two”), from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁ (“two”).
- Only used in a due (“indicating two musicians or sections play together”)
From Old Norse dúfa, from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ. Compare Danish due, Swedish duva, Icelandic dúfa, Dutch duif, German Taube, English dove.
due f (definite singular dua, indefinite plural duer, definite plural duene)
- A bird of the family Columbidae, the pigeons and doves.
- “due” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
Common contraction of du (“you (sing.)”) and e, colloquial pronunciation spelling of är (“are”).
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- (nonstandard, text messaging, Internet slang) ur, you're, you are
- due fett fin asså ― ur really good-looking y'know
- ja venne om due på ― I dunno if ur in