Simple Definition of duty
: something that is done as part of a job
: something that you must do because it is morally right or because the law requires it
: active military service
Full Definition of duty
1 : conduct due to parents and superiors : respect
2 a : obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one's position (as in life or in a group) b (1) : assigned service or business (2) : active military service (3) : a period of being on duty
3 a : a moral or legal obligation b : the force of moral obligation
4 : tax; especially : a tax on imports
5 a : work 1a b (1) : the service required (as of an electric machine) under specified conditions (2) : functional application : use <got double duty out of the trip> (3) : use as a substitute <making the word do duty for the thing — Edward Sapir>
: free from assignment or responsibility
: engaged in or responsible for an assigned task or duty
Examples of duty
His primary duty at the event is to take attendance.
If new employees are unable to carry out their duties, they may be fired.
She has a variety of adminsitrative duties.
We felt it was our duty to help.
He has a duty to support his family.
They helped her out of a sense of duty.
I'll be ready when duty calls.
Her brother returned from duty overseas.
a twelve-month tour of duty
Many reserve troops were called into active duty.
Origin of duty
Middle English duete, from Anglo-French deueté, dueté, from deu due
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of duty
task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance <charged with a variety of tasks>. duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance <the duties of a lifeguard>. job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance <the job of turning the company around>. chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm <every child was assigned chores>. stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service <a 2-month stint as a reporter>. assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority <a reporter's assignment>.
Definition of duty
1 : done as a duty
2 : being on duty : assigned to specified tasks or functions <the duty officer>
First Known Use of duty
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Definition of duty
1 : something a person feels he or she ought to do because it is morally right <Dad says it's his duty to take care of Grandma.>
2 : something a person is required to do by law <jury duty>
3 : an action done as part of a job or position <a principal's duties>
4 : the time during which a person must do his or her job <The police officer was on duty.>
5 : active military service <He returned from duty overseas.>
6 : a tax especially on imports into a country
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