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duty

du·ty

duty

 
 
pronunciation:
du ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: duties
definition 1: ethical, legal, or moral obligation.
She felt it was her duty to care for the child as if he were her own son.Serving on a jury is a civic duty.
synonyms:
burden, fidelity, obligation, responsibility
similar words:
charge, commitment, devoir, part, trust
definition 2: the requirements associated with one's employment or position.
Keeping the peace is one of the duties of a police officer.
synonyms:
charge, job, office, requirement, responsibility
similar words:
function, mission, obligation, occupation, part
definition 3: a particular task or function one is required to perform.
Your duty this morning is to sweep the porch.
synonyms:
assignment, function, job, task
similar words:
business, charge, commitment, concern, detail, obligation, occupation, part
definition 4: obedience or respect toward a superior or a parent.
Her sense of duty made her stay to take care of her mother.The fighters pledged their duty to their leader.
synonyms:
deference, obedience
similar words:
allegiance, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, homage, loyalty, respect, reverence, veneration
definition 5: a tax imposed by government, esp. on imported goods.
You'll have to pay duty on that camera that you bought.
synonyms:
customs, impost, tariff
similar words:
excise, levy, tax
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