du·​ly ˈdü-lē How to pronounce duly (audio)
 also  ˈdyü-
: 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 East duly ruffed with the seven of trumps, and declarer had to overruff with the jack. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Followers were duly confused by the content and its timing, with many looking to other social media users for answers. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 Despite being released for less than a week, Beyoncé’s unparalleled talent and pioneering vision were duly acknowledged at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 Though the right to vote is the first step in checking presidential power, Kiel warns that should Trump be duly elected in 2024, that electoral support might embolden him to push the limits of his presidential power. Angele Latham, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 The aftermath to what can rightly be called a landmark moment in Bombshell TV has been duly discussed, dissected, and given the timeline treatment: Prince Andrew quickly stepped away from his royal duties, was stripped of his titles, and witnessed a verdict passed in the court of public opinion. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 Her remarkable achievements were duly recognized when she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002, solidifying her status as an iconic figure for female soccer players worldwide. Assile Toufaily, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Of course, what with fate being a cruel and mocking force, a second duly followed: On Wednesday, Atlético Madrid took Inter Milan to penalties, too, with Diego Simeone’s side eventually winning to take a place in the quarterfinals of Europe’s somewhat jaded elite club competition. Rory Smith, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Woods, who rarely needed any extra help to win, duly clinched his second Players title. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Duly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duly. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


du·​ly ˈd(y)ü-lē How to pronounce duly (audio)
: in a due manner, time, or degree

Legal Definition


: in a due manner or time
failed to duly deliver

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