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dual

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adjective du·al \ ˈdü(-ə)l also ˈdyü-əl \

Definition of dual

1 of grammatical number :denoting reference to two
  • a dual pronoun
2 a :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

dually

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Examples of dual in a Sentence

  1. the dual purpose of the study

  2. She pursued dual careers in music and acting.

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Origin and Etymology of dual

Latin dualis, from duo two — more at two

dual Synonyms

Synonyms
binary, bipartite, double-barreled, double-edged, double, duplex, twin, twofold
Antonyms
single
Related Words
mated, paired
Near Antonyms
unpaired

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dual

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Definition of dual

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

Origin and Etymology of dual

see 1dual


DUAL Defined for English Language Learners

dual

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adjective

Definition of dual for English Language Learners

  • : having two different parts, uses, etc.

  • : having two of something


DUAL Defined for Kids

dual

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adjective du·al \ ˈdü-əl , ˈdyü- \

Definition of dual for Students

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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