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duty

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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
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2 a piece of work that needs to be done regularly

  • the regular duties of a lifeguard
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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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