du·​ly | \ ˈdü-lē How to pronounce duly (audio) also ˈdyü-\

Definition of duly

: in a due manner or time : properly a duly elected official Your comments are duly noted.

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Examples of duly in a Sentence

They were duly impressed by her speech. The objections were duly noted. The singer duly appeared back on stage for an encore.
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Nadal was duly broken to trail 5-3 and the set was done. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal edges past Nick Kyrgios in Center Court thriller," 4 July 2019 This week Ms Collins was duly presented with a formidable challenger. The Economist, "Can Sara Gideon dislodge Susan Collins?," 26 June 2019 There is courage in putting men in bright hues — a point which should be duly credited to the Belgian who’s been at the helm of the Berluti house one year. Washington Post, "Dior brings art to Paris fashion for sculpted men’s show," 21 June 2019 Though duly elected, they were removed from office. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Hong Kong’s Flickering Hopes for Freedom," 21 June 2019 The relationship seems to have continued on a periodic basis, opportunities to bring Gosh to justice duly passed up. Justin Lynch, The New Republic, "The West’s Complicity in Sudan’s Massacres," 18 June 2019 Every Kentuckian should be concerned that an unelected bureaucrat appears to have power over the office of the Lieutenant Governor, a constitutional officer duly elected by the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Jenean Hampton: Bevin's chief of staff 'overstepped his boundaries' in firing my aide," 18 June 2019 The businessmen — representing companies that are still prominent German corporate names, like Siemens, Bayer and Allianz — duly open their wallets. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Nazis Killed Her Father. Then She Fell in Love With One.," 14 June 2019 Despite his fecklessness, Johnson expected to be made the Captain of School, the head of the scholars’ house at Eton, and duly was. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of duly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duly was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of duly

: in the proper or expected way
: at the correct or expected time


du·​ly | \ ˈdü-lē How to pronounce duly (audio) , ˈdyü-\

Kids Definition of duly

: in a due or appropriate manner, time, or degree Preparations were duly made.


du·​ly | \ ˈdü-lē, ˈdyü- How to pronounce duly (audio) \

Legal Definition of duly

: in a due manner or time failed to duly deliver

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