Meaning of duty
Pronunciation: (d'tē, dy'-), [key]
— pl. -ties.
- something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation.
- the binding or obligatory force of something that is morally or legally right; moral or legal obligation.
- an action or task required by a person's position or occupation; function: the duties of a clergyman.
- the respectful and obedient conduct due a parent, superior, elder, etc.
- an act or expression of respect.
- a task or chore that a person is expected to perform: It's your duty to do the dishes.
- He was on radar duty for two years.
- an assigned task, occupation, or place of service:He was on radar duty for two years.
- the military service required of a citizen by a country:After graduation, he began his duty.
- a specific or ad valorem tax imposed by law on the import or export of goods.
- a payment, service, etc., imposed and enforceable by law or custom.
- tax: income duty.
- the amount of work done by an engine per unit amount of fuel consumed.
- the measure of effectiveness of any machine.
- the amount of water necessary to provide for the crop in a given area.
- bowel movement.
- to serve the same function; substitute for: bookcases that do duty as room dividers.
- not at one's post or work; at liberty: They spent their days off duty in hiking and fishing.
- at one's post or work; occupied; engaged: He was suspended from the force for being drunk while on duty.
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