Pronunciation: (dOO, dyOO),[key] —adj. 1. owed at present; having reached the date for payment: This bill is due. 2. owing or owed, irrespective of whether the time of payment has arrived: This bill is due next month. 3. owing or observed as a moral or natural right.
4. rightful; proper; fitting: due care; in due time. 5. adequate; sufficient: a due margin for delay. 6. under engagement as to time; expected to be ready, be present, or arrive; scheduled: The plane is due at noon. 7. due to, a. attributable to; ascribable to: The delay was due to heavy traffic. b. because of; owing to: All planes are grounded due to fog.
—n. 1. something that is due, owed, or naturally belongs to someone.
2. Usually, dues. a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, esp. to a group or organization: membership dues. 3. give someone his or her due, a. to give what justice demands; treat fairly: Even though he had once cheated me, I tried to give him his due. b. to credit a disliked or dishonorable person for something that is likable, honorable, or the like.
4. pay one's dues, to earn respect, a position, or a right by hard work, sacrifice, or experience: She's a famous musician now, but she paid her dues with years of practice and performing in small towns.
—adv. 1. directly or exactly: a due east course. 2. Obs.duly.