Definitions for deadlineˈdɛdˌlaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the time by which something must be finished, submitted, etc.

  2. (formerly) a boundary around a military prison beyond which a prisoner could not venture without risk of being shot by the guards.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadline(noun)

    the point in time at which something must be completed

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. deadline(noun)ˈdɛdˌlaɪn

    the time by which sth must be done

    The deadline for payments is tomorrow.; to meet a work deadline


  1. deadline(Noun)

    A date on or before which something must be completed.

    I must make this deadline or my boss will kill me!

  2. deadline(Noun)

    A guideline marked on a plate for a printing press.

  3. deadline(Noun)

    A line which doesn't move.

  4. deadline(Noun)

    A boundary around a prison.

  5. Origin: The context of a due date originated in journalism, probably from an earlier usage in printing, representing a guideline marked on a plate for a printing press (inside which all content should appear). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, early usage refers simply to lines that do not move, such as one used in angling; slightly later American usage includes a boundary around a prison which prisoners must not cross.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deadline' in Nouns Frequency: #2835

Translations for deadline

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a time by which something must be done or finished

Monday is the deadline for handing in this essay.

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