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DUE, adjective Du. [Latin , Gr., to bind. It has no connection with owe.]

1. Owed; that ought to be paid or done to another. That is due from me to another which contract, justice or propriety requires me to pay, and which he may justly claim as his right. Reverence is due to the creator; civility is due from one man to another. Money is due at the expiration of the credit given, or at the period promised.

2. Proper; fit; appropriate; suitable; becoming; required by the circumstances; as, the event was celebrated with due solemnities. Men seldom have a due sense of their depravity.

3. Seasonable; as, he will come in due time.

4. Exact; proper; as, the musicians keep due time.

5. Owing to; occasioned by. [Little used.]

6. That ought to have arrived, or to be present, before the time specified; as, two mails are now due

DUE, adverb Directly; exactly; as a due east course.

DUE, noun

1. That which is owed; that which one contracts to pay, do or perform to another; that which law or justice requires to be paid or done. The money that I contract to pay to another is his due; the service which I covenant to perform to another is his due; reverence to the creator is his due

2. That which office, rank, station, social relations, or established rules of right or decorum, require to be given, paid or done. Respect and obedience to parents and magistrates are their due

3. That which law or custom requires; as toll, tribute, fees of office, or other legal perquisites.

4. Right; just title.

The key of this infernal pit by due--I keep.

DUE, verb transitive To pay as due [Not used.]