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due

due

 
pronunciation:
du
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, adverb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: required as payment; owed as a debt or right.
With this special offer, you can receive the product now and yet payment won't be due for six months.That money is due to me, and I intend to get every penny of it.
synonyms:
payable, receivable
similar words:
outstanding, overdue, owed
definition 2: supposed to arrive; awaited; expected.
He's due back any minute, so please wait.When is the baby due?I'll have to finish the report tonight because it's due tomorrow.
synonyms:
anticipated, awaited, expected
similar words:
scheduled, set, slated
definition 3: caused by (followed by "to").
The accident was due to his carelessness.The game was canceled due to the weather.
synonyms:
ascribable, attributable, owing to
similar words:
on account of
definition 4: deserved; appropriate; fitting.
They treated their parents with due respect.She should have given him due credit for his idea.The electric company has to give you due warning if they're going to shut off the electricity.
synonyms:
deserved, proper
antonyms:
undue
similar words:
apposite, appropriate, condign, fitting, meet, merited, rightful, warranted
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: that which is owed, expected, or deserved.
Although he assists the team with all the research, they never give him his due.It was a severe punishment, but they felt it was his due.
similar words:
desert
definition 2: (pl.) membership fees.
If you don't pay your dues, you will lose your membership.
synonyms:
fees
 
part of speech: adverb
definition: precisely; directly.
The ship sailed due north.
synonyms:
directly, straight
Homophone Note
The words due, do1, and dew sound alike in American English but have different meanings.