- Historical a line around a prison beyond which a prisoner could go only at the risk of being shot by a guard
- a boundary which it is forbidden to cross
- the latest time by which something must be done or completed: a deadline for payment, publication, etc.
If you have to have a report in by 5 PM or it is considered late, 5 PM is an example of a deadline.
- A time limit, as for payment of a debt or completion of an assignment.
- A boundary line in a prison that prisoners can cross only at the risk of being shot.
transitive verbdead·lined, dead·lin·ing, dead·lines
(third-person singular simple present deadlines, present participle deadlining, simple past and past participle deadlined)
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.
- His abstract submission met the deadline.
- For example, if you have a large task on your "A List" like: develop an advertising plan the best way to tackle such a long range project is to break it into manageable goals that work toward your deadline.
- Contact your local school district to find out what the deadline is, if there is a form that needs to be filled out or if you simply need to write a short letter to notify them of your intent to homeschool.
- The company should have a clear, written policy on expense reimbursement that includes details such as what is a covered expense, what the filing deadline is, and when receipts are required.
- However, it's common for a high school to purchase extra copies of the yearbook to have on-hand for their archives, as well as for students who may have forgotten to buy one by the deadline.