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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Recent Examples on the Web And so, duly catering to the market, the book is presented as a psychobiography of the author’s uncle, whose military academy class photo adorns the cover. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Trumps on the Couch," 8 Sep. 2020 The government, to no one's surprise, has duly noted the fuelishness of Blazer-class rigs and will slowly legislate them out of existence with new 4wd fuel-mileage standards that start in 1980. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1979 Chevrolet LUV vs. 1979 Toyota 4wd," 26 Aug. 2020 Indeed, one of OpenInvest’s criteria for inclusion in its Racial Justice Cause is transparency, with companies that regularly publish diversity reports on their employee base—and set targets for a more diverse workforce—duly rewarded. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "A year after launching a ‘Racial Justice’ investing tool, OpenInvest adds 13 companies to its list—and cuts seven underperformers," 20 Aug. 2020 Manchester City were awarded a penalty after Liverpool defender Joe Gomez tangled with Sterling in the 24th minute which de Bruyne duly converted. Ben Morse, CNN, "Liverpool title-winning celebrations dampened after thrashing from Manchester City," 3 July 2020 The cabin's attractive materials and improved sound deadening were duly noted. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2021 Kia K5 Sedan Drops Optima Name, Adds Exciting Performance Options," 30 June 2020 The Chicago Police Department duly complied until federal judges began halting the practice in 1991 because of litigation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America Has a Secret Police Problem," 27 June 2020 Nineteen hours later the Crew Dragon capsule duly delivered Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. The Economist, "The week in charts America, race and the police," 5 June 2020 Every line item on every budget shrank accordingly, with the exception of the armed forces that would duly monitor the progress of this secular decline. David Roth, The New Republic, "Twilight of the Cop Consensus," 11 June 2020

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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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12 Sep 2020

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“Duly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duly. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce duly (audio)

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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