dual

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

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 \ -​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 pieces can be worn as undergarments or as actual clothing, so all the fabrications have dual purpose. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Will Include a Mary Katrantzou Capsule Collection," 4 Oct. 2018 Welsummers, a rare dual-purpose breed, lay dark brown eggs. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 After nine months in business, DV8 seems to be serving its dual purpose as restaurant and recovery setting. New York Times, "A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time," 10 July 2018 De Forest is a hairstylist who created the makeshift dual-purpose museum to honor the African-American beauty pioneer and the historic radio station that trumpeted the civil rights movement. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn," 2 July 2018 The water truck served a dual purpose: controlling the dust and cooling spectators. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Chasing the water truck at Riverside raceway," 28 June 2018 Discounts and loyalty programs have long been a common strategy among grocery stores, serving a dual purpose. Ryan Suppe, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime discount coming to all Whole Foods," 25 June 2018 Maduro's main rival, independent candidate Henri Falcon, has faced the dual challenge of running against a powerful incumbent while trying to convince skeptical Venezuelans to defy the boycott called by the main opposition coalition. Scott Smith And Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis," 20 May 2018 The massive windows also served a dual purpose in letting lots of natural light into the home. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "See the ultra-modern transformation of one traditional home," 17 Apr. 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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