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Due, adj. 1) owed, to be paid as a de<*> “how grows it d.? d. for a chain,” Err. IV, 4, 137. “penalty which here appeareth d. upon the bond,” Merch. IV, 1, 249. Followed by to: “three thousand ducats d. unto the Jew,” Merch. IV, 1, 411. More particularly == expired, of an expired date: “since Pentecost the sum is d.” Err. IV, 1, 1. “'tis not d. yet,” H4A V, 1, 128. “claim it when 'tis d.” Troil. IV, 5, 51. 'twas d. on forfeitur<*> six weeks, Tim. II, 2, 30. “long since d. debts,” Tim. II, 2, 30 giv<*> 't these fellows to whom 'tis instant d. Tim. II, 2, 30 what i<*> now d. debt, Cymb. IV, 2, 233.
2) to be justly claimed as a right or property, appropriate, becoming, proper: “fair payment for foul words is more than d.” LLL IV, 1, 19. “justice shall have d. course,” Wint. III, 2, 6. “a d. sincerity governed his deeds,” Meas. V, 451. R2 II, 1, 287. III, 4, 41. H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor. H6B III, 1, 274. V, 1, 8. H6C IV, 6, 5. Troil. I, 3, 31. Hml. IV, 5, 212. Oth. I, 3, 238. III, 3, 461. Cymb. IV, 4, 46. V, 4, 79. V, 5, 258. Per. III Prol. 19. V, 3, 86. Followed by to: “my errand, d. unto my tongue, I bare home upon my shoulders,” Err. II, 1, 72. “her obedience, which is d. to me,” Mids. I, 1, 37. Wint. III, 2, 59. R3 I, 3, 112. Troil. IV, 5, 291. Lr. IV, 2, 27. Oth. I, 3, 189. Cymb. V, 5, 212. Per. II, 4, 5.
3) belonging: “I am d. to a woman,” Err. III, 2, 81. “a customary cross d. to love,” Mids. I, 1, 154. “two of the first, like coats in heraldry, d. but to one,” III, 2, 214. “is it a fee-grief d. to some single breast?” Mcb. IV, 3, 197.
4) such as a thing ought to be, direct, exact, precise: “I have ta'en a d. and wary note upon it,” Meas. IV, 1, 38; cf. “that all the kingdom may have d. note of him,” Lr. II, 1, 85. “the time approaches that will with d. decision make us know,” Mcb. V, 4, 17 (== make us know exactly). “shall our abode make with you by d. turns,” Lr. I, 1, 137 (== punctually alternating). “I would unstate myself, to be in a d. resolution,” I, 2, 108 (i. e. to have perfect certainty). holding d. course to Harfleur, H5 III Prol. 17 (== direct, straight). “steering with d. course towards the isle of Rhodes,” Oth. I, 3, 34.
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