Definición de due en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /d(y)o͞o/


1 [predicative] Expected at or planned for at a certain time: the baby’s due in August he is due back soon [with infinitive]: talks are due to adjourn tomorrow
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  • The figures for last year, due soon, are expected to show a further increase.
  • Also next year the European elections are due with both polls expected to go ahead on the same day, June 10.
  • She had reportedly told her husband Kevin that she was expecting a child, due December 12.
expected, anticipated, scheduled for, awaited;
1.1(Of a payment) required at a certain time: the May installment was due
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  • New technology installed in more than 100,000 vehicles offers drivers a friendly reminder when the car payments are due.
  • Please note final payment is due before Thursday, August 15.
  • Please note the balance of payments are now due.
owing, owed, payable;
outstanding, overdue, unpaid, unsettled, undischarged, delinquent
1.2(Of a person) having reached a point where the thing mentioned is required or owed: she was due for a raise you’re more than due a vacation
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  • Court advocates when someone is due for trial who has been responsible for having a significantly negative impact on a community's quality of life, members of that community attend court.
  • Originally, I was not due for parole until 2028.
  • The next encounter I had with the razor came about two weeks later, when I went back to the bathroom mirror to inspect my chin and see if I was due for a shave.
1.3(Of a thing) required or owed as a legal or moral obligation: he was only taking back what was due to him you must pay any income tax due
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  • Workers cannot secure the liability of wages or holiday pay earned, or, indeed, of redundancy compensation that is due and payable.
  • When the company went under, Beggs told the receiver that €3.7 million was due in outstanding debts.
  • He has prevaricated over the payment of sums acknowledged to be due, though the sum currently due and payable by way of costs is not alleged to be large.
deserved by, merited by, warranted by;
appropriate to, fit for, fitting for, right for, proper to
2 [attributive] Of the proper quality or extent; adequate: driving without due care and attention
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  • ‘The important thing is that the submissions from both bidders are given proper and due consideration,’ he told the House.
  • Our message to dog owners is that they must take due and proper care of their pets and of Manchester's environment.
  • Any business that treats its customers without due care and consideration is not fulfilling its most important role.
proper, correct, rightful, suitable, appropriate, apt;
adequate, sufficient, enough, satisfactory, requisite


1 (one's due) A person’s right; what is owed to someone: he attracts more criticism than is his due
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  • Some say the public gets its due with the program itself.
  • Rathbone argued that motherhood was socially valuable and thus compensable, entitled to the respect due such an important profession.
  • Sledge gives the common soldier his just due in eloquent prose that explores the emotions and trauma associated with a brutal war and its consequences.
rightful treatment, fair treatment, just punishment;
right, entitlement;
just deserts
informal comeuppance
2 (dues) An obligatory payment; a fee: he had paid union dues for years
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  • These included the payment of salary arrears, the payment of dues of retired employees and outstanding promotions.
  • It was conceded that membership required no payment of dues nor any other participation in the affairs of the organization.
  • It is time once again for the payment of dues for the Annual Silver Circle draw.
fee, subscription, charge;
payment, contribution


(With reference to a point of the compass) exactly; directly: we’ll head due south again on the same road
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  • A few more yards due south of that, hard by the western approach to the Limehouse Link, there's a little park, perhaps an ex-churchyard to go with the ex-rectory.
  • Its destination was Christmas Island, an Australian territorial outpost, about 300 nautical miles due south of Sumatra.
  • Then the car turns around and travels 40 meters due south in 5.0 seconds.
directly, straight, exactly, precisely, dead


The use of due to as a prepositional phrase meaning ‘because of,’ as in he had to retire due to an injury first appeared in print in 1897, and traditional grammarians have opposed this prepositional usage for more than a century on the grounds that it is a misuse of the adjectival phrase due to in the sense of ‘attributable to, likely or expected to’ ( the train is due to arrive at 11:15), or ‘payable or owed to’ ( render unto Caesar what is due to Caesar). Nevertheless, this prepositional usage is now widespread and common in all types of literature and must be regarded as standard English.The phrase due to the fact that is very common in speech, but it is wordy, and, especially in writing, one should use the simple word ‘because.’.



due to

1Caused by or ascribable to: unemployment due to automation will grow steadily
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  • She also found signs of hypoxic damage to nerve cells due to lack of oxygen before death.
  • The delay was due to a lack of scaffolding.
  • We have had some pretty stupid rows due to the lack of sleep and worry as to what is it that keeps waking him.
2Because of; owing to: he had to withdraw due to a knee injury
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  • The central bank has noted that overall inflation has been higher than expected, due mainly to a jump in gasoline prices.
  • A small amount of hiss and distortion shows up from time to time, though this is to be expected due in part to the film's budget.
  • An employee at the company says staff morale is low due to the lack of job certainty in the future.
attributable to, caused by, ascribed to, because of, put down to
because of, owing to, on account of, as a consequence of, as a result of, thanks to, in view of
formal by reason of

give someone their due

Be fair to someone: to give him his due, he was a generous employer
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  • Yet, with the onset of commercialisation in the field, practitioners of traditional medicine feel that they have not been given their due.
  • To give them their due, most are apologetic about it.
  • I can't say that I was cheering Liverpool on, but let's give them their due.

in due course

At the appropriate time: Reynolds will respond in due course to the letter
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  • I shall hear counsel on the appropriate form of order to be made in due course.
  • The subject appears to be a political exercise that will die its natural death in due course.
  • The annual school tour plans are well underway and parents will be notified in due course.
at the appropriate time, when the time is ripe, in time, in the fullness of time, in the course of time, at a later date, by and by, sooner or later, in the end, eventually

pay one's dues

Fulfill one’s obligations: he had paid his dues to society for his previous convictions
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  • He pays his dues to the sport but without romance.
  • For many, today's vote was about what has to happen from now on, rather than paying their dues to factional alliances.
  • We are taught that if we work hard and pay our dues, we will be rewarded in riches and love from family and friends.
4.1Experience difficulties before achieving success: this drummer has paid his dues with the best
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  • He's paid his dues, he's experienced, he knows what it entails, he knows the personnel of this team.
  • Their reward is a job well done, but age and experience definitely count; you must pay your dues as you progress up the ladder of success.
  • I have paid my dues, produced many successful students and defined my policies so that I am respected and established.


Middle English (in the sense 'payable'): from Old French deu 'owed', based on Latin debitus 'owed', from debere 'owe'.

Palabras que riman con due

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