Thesaurus

duty

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of duty

  1. 1 a charge usually of money collected by the government from people or businesses for public use the shop at the airport charges no duty on tourist memorabilia Synonyms of duty assessment, tax, imposition, impost, levyWords Related to duty direct tax, personal tax; capitation, custom(s), excise, hidden tax, income tax, poll tax, property tax, sales tax, single tax, sin tax, tariff, toll, tribute, value-added tax, withholding tax; supertax, surcharge, surtax; death tax, estate tax, inheritance tax; flat tax, proportional tax

  2. 2 a piece of work that needs to be done regularly the regular duties of a lifeguard Synonyms of duty assignment, chore, job, taskWords Related to duty chare (or char); endeavor, enterprise, project, stint, undertaking; care, charge, commission, responsibility; function, mission, office, operation, post; errand; circuit, round, route

  3. 3 something one must do because of prior agreement I must obey the call of duty and serve my country Synonyms of duty burden, charge, commitment, devoir, do [archaic], obligation, imperative, incumbency, need, office, responsibilityWords Related to duty oath, pledge, promise, troth, vow, word; arrangement, prearrangement, setup; compact, contract, covenant, pact, trust; debt, payment, tribute; compulsion, constraint, restraint; must, requirement; coercion, duress, force; appointment, engagement, reservation; burden, onusNear Antonyms of duty grace, postponement, stay; discharge, ease, exemption, release, relief, waiver; loophole; alternative, choice, option, pick, preference, selection

Synonym Discussion of duty

function, office, duty, province mean the acts or operations expected of a person or thing. function implies a definite end or purpose or a particular kind of work.
    • the function of language is two-fold: to communicate emotion and to give information
    • —Aldous Huxley
office is typically applied to the function or service associated with a trade or profession or a special relationship to others.
    • they exercise the offices of the judge, the priest, the counsellor
    • —W. E. Gladstone
duty applies to a task or responsibility imposed by one's occupation, rank, status, or calling.
    • it is the judicial duty of the court, to examine the whole case
    • —R. B. Taney
province applies to a function, office, or duty that naturally or logically falls to one.
    • I felt it was not my province to inquire
    • —Anne Brontë


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