I have searched due on dictionaries. But I can't know what is the fundamental meaning of due. In my opinion, due means something is expected. But I am not sure whether it is really correct or not. Please, teach me this word.


The roots of this word can be traced all the way back to its Latin progenitor the verb debere which means to owe. So, if something is due, it means that it must be done because you're under obligation to do it.

  • So due has exactly same meaning of owe? – Glittering river May 5 '17 at 3:08
  • Yes, something like that. – Michael Rybkin May 5 '17 at 3:10
  • Would you think it is right that English learners should study English words by looking on roots of words? – Glittering river May 5 '17 at 3:14
  • I can't be bothered to search right word meaning taking much time. what should I do about this problem?.. – Glittering river May 5 '17 at 3:17
  • If it feels like it's going to help you, you could definitely learn the origins of words you're studying. – Michael Rybkin May 5 '17 at 4:35

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