|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|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|
|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|
|9.||directly or exactly; straight: a course due west|
|usage The use of due to as a compound preposition (the performance has been cancelled due to bad weather) was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable|
Likely to, announced as, as in Betty bought more of the stock, believing it was due to rise, or The play is due to open next week. [Early 1900s]
Attributable to, because of, as in Due to scanty rainfall, we may face a crop failure. This usage has been criticized by some authorities, but today it is widely considered standard. [Early 1900s] Also see on account of.
Owing or payable to, as in We must give our staff whatever vacation is due to them.