deadline - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. a specific time or date by which you have to do something

    They’ve given us a five o’clock deadline.

    deadline for:

    The deadline for applications was last Friday.

    deadline of:

    Ministers set a deadline of 5 April for Serbia to accept the peace plan.

    meet/miss a deadline (=finish/not finish something in time):

    If we can’t meet the deadline, they won’t give us another contract.