- 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.
- the amount of work done by an engine per unit amount of fuel consumed.
- the measure of effectiveness of any machine.
Idioms about duty
Origin of duty
synonym study for duty
How to use duty in a sentence
Employers—both women and men—think mothers are distracted by family duties.
Frias—who was arrested in 2013 for interfering with public duties and public intoxication—was not carrying a gun at the time.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The NYPD and his duties required him to miss the graduation on December 20.
The pair had argued, and the assistant ceased performing this most onerous of duties.
Instead, he sees his ethical obligations as a matter of duties to those with whom we have relationships.
All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
On some future occasion I may suggest how you may successfully perform your duties in your new position.
Michael Allcroft returned to his duties, tuned for labour, full of courage, and the spirit of enterprise and action.
"Then he neglects his duties, that's all," replied the old gentleman with an indignant snort.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
That is a very flimsy pretext, so that the fiscals may not perform their duties faithfully against the governor.
British Dictionary definitions for duty
- the quantity or intensity of work for which a machine is designed
- a measure of the efficiency of a machine
- a job or service allocated
- (as modifier)duty rota
Word Origin for duty
Cultural definitions for duty
A tax charged by a government, especially on an import.
Other Idioms and Phrases with duty
In addition to the idiom beginning with duty
- duty bound
- above and beyond (the call of duty)
- active duty
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