Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A time limit, as for payment of a debt or completion of an assignment.
  • noun A boundary line in a prison that prisoners can cross only at the risk of being shot.
  • transitive verb To govern by setting a time limit.

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  • noun A date on or before which something must be completed.
  • noun archaic A guideline marked on a plate for a printing press.
  • noun archaic A line which doesn't move.
  • noun archaic A boundary around a prison.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the point in time at which something must be completed

Etymologies

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The context of a due date originated in journalism, probably from an earlier usage in printing, representing a guideline marked on a plate for a printing press (inside which all content should appear). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, early usage refers simply to lines that do not move, such as one used in angling; slightly later American usage includes a boundary around a prison which prisoners must not cross.

Examples

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  • Now that the pressure of the deadline is a little bit alleviated, I think I can actually produce something really good for this anthology.

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  • Since the deadline is approaching, you should probably do that now.

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  • "The political dynamics are such that they can't close a deal before the deadline — and the deadline is the president arriving in Seoul," said Karan Bhatia, a former Bush administration trade official who negotiated the South Korea deal.

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  • Second, when we finally do put our hands to the task, the deadline is almost upon us and we are forced to rush.

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