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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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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Eventually, however, La Albiceleste's pressure paid off and they were duly rewarded with a winner, Rojo popping up in Nigeria's penalty box to impressively volley home past the helpless Uzoho. SI.com, "Nigeria 1-2 Argentina: Late Show By Rojo Sees La Albiceleste Sneak Into Knockout Stages of World Cup," 26 June 2018 And the members are duly rewarded for their good works. Soleil Ho, GQ, "Kohanaiki: Where the Mega-Rich Hide Away on Hawai'i," 20 Apr. 2018 For the past 25 years, the judiciary has moved increasingly further right and the Supreme Court has tossed out duly enacted legislation, opened the floodgates to public corruption, and undermined substantive democracy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will delegitimize the Supreme Court — and that’s good," 5 Oct. 2018 As this first look at The New Pope made its way around the Internet, Twitter users agreed that they had been duly blessed, and that the fake news that Jude Law had stopped being hot was finally put to rest. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Jude Law Blesses the Internet While Filming The New Pope," 9 Apr. 2019 Shortly afterwards the Lords too acquiesced, and the EU withdrawal bill will now duly become law. The Economist, "Theresa May heads off a rebellion," 21 June 2018 The Gooner then asks for a hug instead - and Wenger duly obliges. SI.com, "VIDEO: Departing Arsene Wenger Shows Brilliant Gestures of Thanks to Fans in Final Arsenal Game," 14 May 2018 In the pic, Priyanka's wedding ring is duly visible as are the remnants of her Mehendi, which the pair both got in a traditional celebration prior to the wedding(s). Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Mini-Honeymoon Photos Are Jealousy-Inducing," 11 Dec. 2018 Mitrovic duly impressed throughout his stay in the Championship after notching 12 goals in 17 appearances, ensuring the Magpies faithful were full of expectation for his return to the club ahead of next season. SI.com, "Newcastle Set £20m Asking Price for Out of Favour Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of duly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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