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

The Minnesota Legislature established dual-training grants in 2015 to support the PIPELINE program. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "With skilled workers hard to find, MN program helps companies train the workers they have," 5 July 2019 The Atrium 5 is a pair of dual-driver speakers that come in black or white. Dallas News, "Gadget roundup: Speakers that can live outdoors and more," 4 July 2019 The comeback kids in St. Martin, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, are open for business after monster Hurricane Irma pummeled the dual-nation island nearly two years ago. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "After Hurricane Irma, St. Martin resorts have rebuilt to become bigger and better," 2 July 2019 The kitchen has a dual-burner stove, sink, fridge, and a foldable country. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "7 People Can Sleep Comfortably in This Tricked-Out Camper Van," 2 July 2019 In other local meets in week two, Russett and Laurel City both improved to 2-0 in dual meets, while Montpelier (0-2) lost. David Driver, baltimoresun.com, "West Arundel defeats West Laurel in swim meet featuring rivals," 2 July 2019 Another sub drove for a dual route driver and received $21 – half of what he was owed. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al.com, "Non-profit presses school board about substitute bus driver pay," 1 July 2019 Also, get the Parmesan Ranch Double Dippers, which includes six boneless wings, a side, a biscuit and dual-dipping side of Parmesan Ranch for $5 through July 29. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to score restaurant deals and more in July around Indianapolis," 1 July 2019 The board also approved Lourdes Hernandez as its executive director of finance, and gave final approval to the College and Career Access Pathways dual enrollment partnership with Palomar College for the 2019-20 school year. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, June 30," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The duals state championship will take place on Friday-Saturday, January 25-26, 2019 at Kissimmee Osceola High School. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "2018-19 high school wrestling season dates moved back a week," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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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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