Dues



[doo, dyoo] /du, dyu/

adjective
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.
noun
7.
something that is due, owed, or naturally belongs to someone.
8.
Usually, dues. a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, especially to a group or organization:
membership dues.
adverb
9.
directly or exactly:
a due east course.
10.
Obsolete. .
Idioms
11.
due to,

12.
give someone his / her due,

13.
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.
/djuːz/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) charges, as for membership of a club or organization; fees: trade-union dues
/djuː/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) immediately payable
2.
(postpositive) owed as a debt, irrespective of any date for payment
3.
requisite; fitting; proper
4.
(prenominal) adequate or sufficient; enough
5.
(postpositive) expected or appointed to be present or arrive: the train is now due
6.
due to, attributable to or caused by
noun
7.
something that is owed, required, or due
8.
give a person his due, to give or allow a person what is deserved or right
adverb
9.
directly or exactly; straight: a course due west
n.

“fee for membership,” 1660s, from plural of due (n.). To pay (one’s) dues in the figurative sense is from 1943. “Giue them their due though they were diuels” [1589].
adj.

early 14c., “customary, regular;” mid-14c., “owing, payable,” from Old French deu, past participle of devoir “to owe,” from Latin debere “to owe” (see debt).

In reference to points of the compass (e.g. due east) it is attested from c.1600, originally nautical, from notion of “fitting, rightful.” As an adverb from 1590s; as a noun from early 15c. Prepositional phrase due to (much maligned by grammarians) is from 1897.

Related Terms

pay one’s dues
In addition to the idiom beginning with
due

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