dual

adjective
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

dual

noun

Definition of dual (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from dual

Adjective

dually \ ˈd(y)ü-​ə(l)-​lē How to pronounce dually (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for dual

Synonyms: Adjective

binary, bipartite, double, double-barreled, double-edged, duplex, twin, twofold

Antonyms: Adjective

single

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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

Meanwhile, Cole chose a dual-colored suit covered in embroidered flowers with an awesome swooped 'do. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse Went All Out for the 2019 Met Gala Theme and You Have to See Their Looks," 7 May 2019 ButchCamp is a project that deals with the dual functions of camp: camp as an aesthetic (things that can be described as camp) and camp as a sensibility (a camp way of looking at things). Teen Vogue, "What Is Butchcamp? An Explainer by Way of 10 Past Met Gala Looks," 2 May 2019 More than 100 dual nationals were stripped of their British citizenship in 2017. Karla Adam, The Seattle Times, "Shamima Begum, teenager who joined ISIS, to lose UK citizenship," 20 Feb. 2019 Iran has a history of arresting people with foreign ties, particularly dual nationals, and using them as political bargaining chips—often charging them with spying or spreading propaganda against the Iranian system. WSJ, "U.S. Navy Veteran Detained in Iran for Months on ‘Private Complaint’," 25 Jan. 2019 Five former dual nationals have been stripped of their Australian citizenship due to their involvement with the Islamic State group overseas, a government minister said Thursday. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australia strips citizenship from Islamic State supporters," 8 Aug. 2018 Queiroz has succeeded in Iran by recruiting dual nationals such as Dejagah, who grew up in Germany, and Dutch-Iranian Reza Ghoochannejhad. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "World Cup Group B preview: Cristiano Ronaldo has a pretty clear path to advance," 5 June 2018 Egypt opens Rafah sporadically, and those trying to leave Gaza must sign up with Hamas, which gives priority to patients, students at foreign universities, dual nationals, and those with residency in third countries. Fares Akram, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Gazans, an open border crossing still presents barriers," 25 May 2018 Palestinian-Egyptians and dual-nationals are also eligible to apply. chicagotribune.com, "Egypt's president announces Rafah crossing with Gaza open entire month of Ramadan," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Broadcasts: All duals will be shown live on WIAA.TV, a subscription service. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state team wrestling preview," 1 Mar. 2018 After coming up short in the state duals, Riverdale has been getting ready for a state title run in the IBT. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Class 2A state tournament preview and predictions," 28 Feb. 2018 Walker, who was named the coach of the year last week by the NWCA, was honored after the Braves won two team state titles this season — the first duals title and the IBT title to end the season. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Joey Silva is Mr. Wrestling and Lake Gibson's Walker wins another award," 8 May 2018 The Owls went undefeated in their conference duals, and Saturday ran away with the title at the conference meet at Cedarburg despite the absence of three starters because of this or that. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Short-handed Slinger wrestlers roll to North Shore title," 3 Feb. 2018 Alexander won its first duals and second traditional title in Class AAAAAA last year, and the Cougars are back on a championship pace in 2018. AJC.com, "Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals," 14 Jan. 2018 Hale, which shared the regular-season duals title with Menomonee Falls and Germantown, settled for third as a team in the tourney standings, logging 185.5 points and just finishing shy of Menomonee Falls (199) and Germantown (192.5). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis Hale's Peyton Mocco caps off fourth consecutive Greater Metro title," 5 Feb. 2018 Glenelg has flirted with wrestling dominance, reaching the state duals finals in 2008 and 2010 before winning its only state title in 2011. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "2017-18 All-Metro wrestling Coach of the Year: Matt Bichner, Glenelg," 9 Apr. 2018 Locust Grove, Ola and Cass are all looking to dethrone the Wolves, who won their second duals title last season. AJC.com, "Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dual

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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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dual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dual

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

dual

adjective
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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