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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [doo-tee, dyoo-]
    • /ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-/
    • /ˈdjuːti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [doo-tee, dyoo-]
    • /ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-/

Definitions of duty word

  • noun plural duty something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation. 1
  • noun plural duty the binding or obligatory force of something that is morally or legally right; moral or legal obligation. 1
  • noun plural duty an action or task required by a person's position or occupation; function: the duties of a clergyman. 1
  • noun plural duty the respectful and obedient conduct due a parent, superior, elder, etc. 1
  • noun plural duty an act or expression of respect. 1
  • noun plural duty a task or chore that a person is expected to perform: It's your duty to do the dishes. 1

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Origin of duty

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English du(e)te < Anglo-French duete. See due, -ty2

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Parts of speech for Duty


duty popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

duty usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for duty

noun duty

  • function — the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role.
  • chore — A chore is a task that you must do but that you find unpleasant or boring.
  • task — a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty.
  • business — Business is work relating to the production, buying, and selling of goods or services.
  • service — Robert W(illiam) 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.

verb duty

  • wink at — to close and open one or both eyes quickly.
  • absolve — If a report or investigation absolves someone from blame or responsibility, it formally states that he or she is not guilty or is not to blame.
  • lifeboat — a double-ended ship's boat, constructed, mounted, and provisioned so as to be readily able to rescue and maintain persons from a sinking vessel.
  • wipe the slate clean — begin afresh

Antonyms for duty

noun duty

  • fun — something that provides mirth or amusement: A picnic would be fun.
  • pastime — something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport: to play cards as a pastime.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • advantage — An advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.

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