active duty

ac·tive du·ty
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tiv doo-tee, dyoo-]
    • /ˈæk tɪv ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tiv doo-tee, dyoo-]
    • /ˈæk tɪv ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-/

Definitions of active duty words

  • uncountable noun active duty Active duty means the same as active service. 3
  • noun active duty full-time service, esp. in the armed forces 3
  • noun active duty the status of full-time service: on active duty. 1
  • noun active duty A state in which person in the military performs military duties on a full-time basis, as opposed to reserve, where one only occasionally performs military duties. 0

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active duty popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

active duty usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for active duty

noun active duty

  • active service — Someone who is on active service is taking part in a war as a member of the armed forces.
  • mobilization — to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.

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