Iwata thought that a change in strategy was due. (Englichcentral.com)

Is this 'due' used in a figurative way of the definition #1 of Collins dictionary? Or how should I think about this? Is it common to use 'due' in this way?

Difinitions of due at Collins Dictionary:


  1. owed or owing as a debt, right, etc.; payable ⇒ "the first payment is due"
  2. suitable; fitting; proper ⇒ "with all due respect"
  3. as much as is required; enough; adequate ⇒ "due care, in due time"
  4. expected or scheduled to arrive or be ready; timed for a certain hour or date ⇒ "the plane is due at 6:30 P.M."

OK. I've sought out and found the context to the sentence. Here it is:

Video Transcript

Satoru Iwata is not an household name, but he should be. Most people, however, would recognize his brain children,... ...the Nintendo DS and the Wii. These two game systems completely changed the world of gaming. It's hard to imagine gaming without them,... ...but amazingly, the DS and Wii almost didn't happen! It is only thanks to the innovative ideas of Iwata that we have these systems today. Satoru Iwata was made the CEO of Nintendo in 2002. At that time, the video game market was suffering... ...and Nintendo was having trouble with its sales. Iwata thought that a change in strategy was due. Previously, the strategy in the game industry was... ...to keep making the same kinds of games and consoles,... ...but just improve their power and complexity.

[EDIT] 1. What should I do when something like this? I would have chosen Merk's comment if that one was written as an answer. I understand the 'due' saying "it's time". Sadly no dictionary definitions exactly say so. I hear people say "I'm over due" when they worked for so long and requiring holidays, for example. Just 'required' feels lucking sense of urgency, doesn't it? I see Mark's answer says almost the same but "it's time" is more summarizing, maybe not in a good style for a dictionary definition though 2. I don't know how to say it better…

  • +1, excellent example of the right way to ask a question about the dictionary definition of a word. Jul 14, 2014 at 5:58

4 Answers 4


I think the meaning in your example is better explained with the definitions in Google, due, adjective sense 1 (and click the down arrow):

expected at or planned for at a certain time


(of a person) having reached a point where the thing mentioned is required or owed.

More context would be needed to be more exact.


It means that she has come to the point where she thinks a change in strategy needs to happen. If a pregnant woman is "due," it means she's about to have a baby. If a change in strategy is due, it means it needs to happen.


I've read more different dictionaries and I think I found a good one that gives me the solution. It's at TheFreeDictionary.com but it's happened to be a version of Collins. It says:

due (djuː)


  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

and I think the 'due' in my question is 'requisite' of #3, or can be also fitting or proper.

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    Interestingly I don't think any of these definitions is exactly correct. 'Due' here means 'somebody believes that something should happen at a specific time.' In other words, "Itawa thought that it was time for a change in strategy."
    – Merk
    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:12

The use of "due" here means necessary or required.

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