Definitions for dutyˈdu ti, ˈdyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

du•ty*ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation.

  2. the binding force of something that is morally or legally right; moral or legal obligation.

  3. an action or task required by a person's position or occupation:

    the duties of a clergyman.

  4. the respectful and obedient conduct due a parent, elder, or superior.

  5. an act or expression of respect.

  6. a task or chore that one is expected to perform.

  7. an assigned military task, occupation, or place of service: the military service required of a citizen by a country.

    on radar duty.

    Category: Military

  8. a specific or ad valorem tax imposed by law on the import or export of goods.

    Category: Business

  9. a payment, service, etc., imposed and enforceable by law or custom.

  10. the amount of work done by an engine per unit amount of fuel consumed. the measure of effectiveness of any machine.

    Category: Machinery

Idioms for duty:

  1. do duty as,to serve the same function as; substitute for.

    Category: Idiom

  2. off duty,not at one's post or work; at liberty.

    Category: Idiom

  3. on duty,at one's post or work.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: duty , obligation refer to something a person feels bound to do. A duty often applies to what a person performs in fulfillment of the permanent dictates of conscience, piety, right, or law: one's duty to tell the truth; a parent's duty to raise children properly. An obligation is what is expected at a particular time in fulfillment of a specific and often personal promise, contract, or agreement: social or financial obligations.

Origin of duty:

1250–1300; < AF duete; see due , ty2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. duty, responsibility, obligation(noun)

    the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force

    "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr

  2. duty(noun)

    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

    "the duties of the job"

  3. duty, tariff(noun)

    a government tax on imports or exports

    "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. duty(noun)ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-

    a responsibility or obligation

    It's your duty to speak out about any injustices.; a sense of duty

  2. dutyˈdu ti, ˈdyu-

    a task or job

    Her duties as a nanny include taking the children to school.

  3. dutyˈdu ti, ˈdyu-

    a tax

    import/export duty

Wiktionary

  1. duty(Noun)

    That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.

  2. duty(Noun)

    A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.

    Iu2019m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am.

  3. duty(Noun)

    describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.

  4. duty(Noun)

    A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.

  5. duty(Noun)

    One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duty(noun)

    that which is due; payment

  2. Duty(noun)

    that which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory

  3. Duty(noun)

    hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty

  4. Duty(noun)

    specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors

  5. Duty(noun)

    respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage

  6. Duty(noun)

    the efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal (94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. (112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States)

  7. Duty(noun)

    tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods

Freebase

  1. Duty

    Duty is a term that conveys a sense of moral commitment or obligation to someone or something. The moral commitment should result in action; it is not a matter of passive feeling or mere recognition. When someone recognizes a duty, that person theoretically commits themself to its fulfillment without considering their own self-interest. This is not to suggest that living a life of duty entirely precludes a life of leisure; however, its fulfillment generally involves some sacrifice of immediate self-interest. Typically, "the demands of justice, honor, and reputation are deeply bound up" with duty. Cicero, an early philosopher who discusses duty in his work “On Duty", suggests that duties can come from four different sources: ⁕as result of being human ⁕as a result of one's particular place in life ⁕as a result of one's character ⁕as a result of one's own moral expectations for oneself Various derivative uses of the word have sprung from the root idea of obligation, a concept involved in the notion of duty; thus it is used in the services performed by a minister of a church, by a soldier, or by any employee or servant.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. duty

    A pleasure which we try to make ourselves believe is a hardship.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1268

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1724

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duty' in Nouns Frequency: #370


Translations for duty

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

duty(noun)

what one ought morally or legally to do

He acted out of duty; I do my duty as a responsible citizen.

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