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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As has been duly noted, the Rancho Bernardo High graduate set numerous school and NCAA records last season — including a 51.19-yard punt average — on the way to earning the 2021 Ray Guy Award. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 They must be duly investigated and prosecuted, whether as war crimes, crimes against humanity or even genocide. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2022 People should be duly impressed by your ingenuity and verbal acuity. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 27 Mar. 2022 The celebration, at odds with the ugliness that had taken place just hours ago, was duly reported on news and social media outlets. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Or at least, on the slightly reckless faith that once the cameras are rolling, patterns and arcs will duly emerge, coalescing into insightful, manageable storylines that can with luck be shaped to deliver an uptick of optimism. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Their only reason for existing is to keep the plot from moving along too quickly, and their noble efforts are duly rewarded. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Mar. 2022 Initially, the idea of a tight, compact ACM Awards uninterrupted by commercial breaks sounded like a good thing: Two hours to be duly entertained before turning in at a reasonable hour on a school night. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2022 That has been true during big turns, such as 2008 and 2020, and small turns, such as in late 2018, when equities sold off 20% and the Federal Reserve duly cut rates to placate markets. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of duly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Duly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duly. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for duly


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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