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Definition of "deadline" []

  • A time limit, as for payment of a debt or completion of an assignment. (noun)
  • A boundary line in a prison that prisoners can cross only at the risk of being shot. (noun)
  • To govern by setting a time limit: "He was never going to be deadlined by a day, or even a month” ( New Yorker). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deadline" in a sentence
  • "* ` event Project deadline; 13.02.2010 ` - create new event with summary \ "Project deadline\" for 13.02.2010;"
  • "The deadline is short for getting an agreement, and I think one of the things that we have consistently said is that rhetoric of that kind does not positively contribute to an ultimate solution here."
  • "Writer Ethan Brown was in the Miami studio where Tim stayed up all night waiting for the rapper to finish recording his verses in New York; in the end, they missed the label deadline for"