[[t]dju͟ː, AM du͟ː[/t]]
1) PHR-PREP: v-link PREP n If an event is due to something, it happens or exists as a direct result of that thing.

The country's economic problems are largely due to the weakness of the recovery...

If the trip is a success, a lot of this will be due to Mr Green's efforts.

because of
2) PHR-PREP You can say due to to introduce the reason for something happening. Some speakers of English believe that it is not correct to use due to in this way.

Due to the large volume of letters he receives Dave regrets he is unable to answer queries personally...

Jobs could be lost in the defence industry due to political changes sweeping Europe.

owing to
3) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ to-inf, ADJ prep/adv If something is due at a particular time, it is expected to happen, be done, or arrive at that time.

The results are due at the end of the month...

The first price increases are due to come into force in July...

Jason is currently in Britain to finish recording his second album which is due out in May...

Mr Carter is due in London on Monday.

...customers who paid later than twenty days after the due date.

4) ADJ: ADJ n Due attention and consideration is the proper, reasonable, or deserved amount of it under the circumstances.

After due consideration it was decided to send him away to live with foster parents...

I do hope that people will make use of footpaths and treat them with due attention that is needed.

5) ADJ: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ to n Something that is due, or that is due to someone, is owed to them, either as a debt or because they have a right to it.

I was sent a cheque for ₤1,525 and advised that no further pension was due...

I've got some leave due to me and I was going to Tasmania for a fortnight.

PREP: oft n PREP n
Due is also a preposition.

He had not taken a summer holiday that year but had accumulated the leave due him.

6) ADJ: v-link ADJ for n If someone is due for something, that thing is planned to happen or be given to them now, or very soon, often after they have been waiting for it for a long time.

The deputy chief inspector rang me up and said, `Miss Smith, you know you are due for a move?'...

Although not due for release until 2001, he was let out of his low-security prison to spend a weekend with his wife.

Due is also a preposition.

I reckon I'm due one of my travels.

7) N-PLURAL: oft poss N Dues are sums of money that you give regularly to an organization that you belong to, for example a social club or trade union, in order to pay for being a member.

Only 18 of the UN's 180 members had paid their dues by the January deadline.

8) ADV: ADV adv/adj Due is used before the words `north', `south', `east', or `west' to indicate that something is in exactly the direction mentioned.

They headed due north...

The Thames flows due south from Oxford, through the market town of Abingdon.

...a mining town 40 miles due east of Los Angeles.

9) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something will happen or take place in due course, you mean that you cannot make it happen any quicker and it will happen when the time is right for it.

In due course the baby was born...

The arrangements will be published in due course.

10) PHRASE You can say `to give him his due', or `giving him his due' when you are admitting that there are some good things about someone, even though there are things that you do not like about them.

To give Linda her due, she had tried to encourage John in his school work.

to be fair
11) PHRASE: PHR cl (politeness) You can say `with due respect' when you are about to disagree politely with someone.

With all due respect I submit to you that you're asking the wrong question.

English dictionary. 2008.

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