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 Janet Yellen, President Joe Biden’s treasury secretary, and a former head of the Federal Reserve, is duly weighing in. The Economist, "Janet Yellen calls for a global minimum tax on companies. Could it happen?," 6 Apr. 2021 Her team was duly unimpressed with Fyre’s counteroffer. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "From Disregarded Models to Angry Influencers: A New Book Takes a Closer Look at the Fyre Fest Disaster," 5 Apr. 2021 Manasquan girls basketball coach Lisa Kukoda remembers a player never fazed by attention, duly given or spread elsewhere. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Faith Masonius excels in her role as ‘unsung hero’ — and just what Maryland women’s basketball needs," 28 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile Issey Miyake, Simone Rocha, Rick Owens, and Antonio Marras all stuck to their distinctive lanes, and duly delivered excellence. Vogue Runway, Vogue, "Vogue’s Critics on Fall 2021—Runway Posturing Is Out, and Real-Life Comfort and Cool Are In," 15 Mar. 2021 The American Irish Historical Society had been founded in 1897 to ensure that the Irish contribution to the American experience was duly recognized. Dan Barry, New York Times, "On a Storied Stretch of Fifth Avenue, a Symbol of Irish America Reels," 13 Mar. 2021 Commentators duly note this historic reference but don’t really understand it—many weren’t yet born, and few were adults, at the time. William N. Walker, WSJ, "The Coming Demand Surge Brings Back Memories of 1970s Inflation," 24 Mar. 2021 These marital miseries are duly catalogued in Bailey’s biography. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Secrets Philip Roth Didn’t Keep," 22 Mar. 2021 Others ask why there should be wide-scale student loan forgiveness for some borrowers when millions of other borrowers duly paid off their student loans by making financial sacrifices and, in some cases, working multiple jobs. Zack Friedman, Forbes, "America Reacts To $1 Billion Of Student Loan Cancellation," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Duly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duly. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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