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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadlinenoun

    the point in time at which something must be completed


  1. deadlinenoun

    A date on or before which something must be completed.

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

  2. deadlinenoun

    A guideline marked on a plate for a printing press.

  3. deadlinenoun

    A line which doesn't move.

  4. deadlinenoun

    A boundary around a prison.

  5. Etymology: 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.


  1. deadline

    A deadline refers to a specific date or time by which a task or project must be completed or submitted. It signifies the latest point at which something should be accomplished. Deadlines are commonly used in workplaces, educational institutions, and legal agreements to encourage efficient and timely completion of tasks.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deadline in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deadline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of deadline in a Sentence

  1. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf:

    Extending the deadline will also allow@DHSgov to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

  2. Shelley Moore:

    [The president] expressed to me and to our group numerous times his desire to work with us and to negotiate a package, we're inching towards one another. I understand there's a deadline here. … It's worth it to show this country we can work together, we can reach compromise for the good of everybody.

  3. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler:

    Obviously, they're not going to meet the April 2 deadline the committee set. I'm very upset and concerned by that.

  4. Larry Hogan:

    Im not sure ... putting an artificial deadline of saying were going to get everything open by Easter is unrealistic from all the experts and the scientists that were talking to, this idea of somehow without any real data picking high risk versus low risk -- I dont think thats really realistic.

  5. Tom Reed:

    It is amazing when the deadline comes, the Beltway will respond and put a package together.

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