du·​al | \ ˈdü(-ə)l How to pronounce dual (audio) also ˈdyü-əl \

Definition of dual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 of grammatical number : denoting reference to two a dual pronoun
2a : consisting of two parts or elements or having two like parts : double families with dual incomes held dual citizenship in France and the U.S. a dual function a dual exhaust system
b : having a double character or nature



Definition of dual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 linguistics : the dual (see dual entry 1 sense 1) number of a language
2 linguistics : a linguistic form in the dual

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dual

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of dual in a Sentence

Adjective the dual purpose of the study She pursued dual careers in music and acting.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Leah Hazelwood of Lebanon is a 20-year-old junior at the University of Louisville dual majoring in political science and liberal studies with concentrations in race and gender studies, global public health, and economics. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 9 Apr. 2021 Boone was an excellent dual-threat quarterback directing offensive coordinator Tom Fedderly’s spread offense. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, 21 May 2021 And incoming freshman Caleb Williams, ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, was just 10 of 11 for 99 yards in the spring game. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Houston, who holds an early offer from Oregon State, and Leavitt remained in the Nos. 2 and 3 spot, as the nation’s No. 26 athlete and No. 8 dual-threat quarterback, respectively. oregonlive, 19 May 2021 Quarterback Jayden Daniels is back again, and might be the best dual-threat QB in the conference. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2021 Listed at 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, Jackson was a four-star prospect and the No. 3-rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2020 out of Dallas-area power Duncanville High School. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2021 South Dakota State dual-threat freshman quarterback Mark Gronowski is the seventh-leading rusher in the Missouri Valley Conference, third on his team behind junior Pierre Strong Jr. and freshman Isaiah Davis. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 May 2021 The Jackrabbits lost dual-threat freshman quarterback Mark Gronowski to a left leg injury on the opening series of the game. Stephen Hawkins, Chron, 16 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jewyl Newton won the women’s shot put with a throw of 39′8 and the women’s discus in 114′4 at our dual against Lake Oswego. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021 Steveson, a junior, finished the dual with a technical fall over Brad Wilton at heavyweight in the second period. Star Tribune, 17 Jan. 2021 Chinese regulators pulled the IPO just two days before a historic dual-listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Keith Zhai, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 Every point matters, especially in a dual against a very good team. cleveland, 7 Feb. 2021 The Gophers won the first seven matches in their second dual against host Michigan State, ranked No. 17, and won 28-6. Pat McKee got Minnesota off to a good start by upsetting No. 2 Rayvon Foley 10-6 at 125 pounds. Star Tribune, 17 Jan. 2021 Also Wednesday, Brother Martin won a dual against Southside 75-6. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, 31 Dec. 2020 Brother Martin wrestling won a dual between schools that each won a state team championship last season. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, 31 Dec. 2020 Gianna Arizzi had won all seven of her races this season and beat Allen by over 16 seconds in the Oct. 6 dual. Steve Millar, chicagotribune.com, 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dual


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dual

Adjective and Noun

Latin dualis, from duo two — more at two

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9 Jun 2021

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“Dual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dual. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dual

: having two different parts, uses, etc.
: having two of something


du·​al | \ ˈdü-əl How to pronounce dual (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of dual

1 : having two different parts or aspects Trees have a dual function of providing beauty and shade.
2 : having two like parts The car has dual airbags.

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