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See also: dutý
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdjuːti/
- (US) IPA(key): /duːɾi/
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- Rhymes: -uːti
- Homophone: doody (for some speakers)
duty (plural duties)
- That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.
- We don't have a duty to keep you here.
- 1805, 21 October, Horatio Nelson
- England expects that every man will do his duty.
1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
- Captain Edward Carlisle […] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, […] ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.
- A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.
- I’m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am.
- Describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.
- A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.
- (obsolete) One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.
- (obsolete) Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.
- my duty to you
- 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).
- Adjectives often used with "duty": public, private, moral, legal, social, double, civic, contractual, political, judicial, etc.
- (that which one is obligated to do): obligation
that which one is morally or legally obligated to do
period of time
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- duty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- duty in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- duty at OneLook Dictionary Search
- past passive participle of
Declension of duty
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dutych (optional animate form)