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: obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one's position (as in life or in a group)
was his duty to support his family
Her primary duty at the meeting was to take attendance.
performs a variety of administrative duties
: assigned service or business
was put on kitchen duty
: active military service
returning from duty overseas
: a period of being on duty
report for duty at 7 a.m.
: a moral or legal obligation
felt it was their duty to help
: the force of moral obligation
will be ready when duty calls
: the service required (as of an electric machine) under specified conditions
: functional application : use
got double duty out of the trip
: use as a substitute
making the word do duty for the thing—Edward Sapir
: being on duty : assigned to specified tasks or functions
the duty officer
Noun His primary duty at the event is to take attendance. If new employees are unable to carry out their duties, they may be fired. We felt it was our duty to help. He has a duty to support his family. They helped her out of a sense of duty. I'll be ready when duty calls. Her brother returned from duty overseas. a twelve-month tour of duty Many reserve troops were called into active duty. See More
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NounOur duty is to the Constitution of the United States. —ABC News, 19 Mar. 2023 What is certain in the villages around Balad, according to doctors, community leaders and residents, is that those living downwind of the flames were exposed to the smoke for at least eight years — a tour of military duty was often just one. —Mustafa Salim, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2023 According to the documents, Smith had been charged with neglect of duty, unauthorized public statements, and compliance with regulations. —Nick Valencia, CNN, 18 Mar. 2023 Those deputies — Gisel Del Real and Carrie Robles — were each relieved of duty in September, and detectives showed up at Del Real’s home to ask her questions and seize evidence. —Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 Executives at such companies typically have a clear duty to refrain from using company information for their own personal benefit, according to experts. —Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 16 Mar. 2023 Due to the quick response of the staff on duty and Springville Police SRO the matter was immediately secured without disruption to the school day. —Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 15 Mar. 2023 Producers also have to consider their fiduciary duty to investors. —Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2023 Many predict that Hunt will freeze the duty at the current level, a policy successive administrations have maintained for 12 years. —Julia Malleck, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2023
AdjectiveThat included a gap of $714 in base pay and $1,204 in extra-duty pay. —Alia Wong, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 This is a light, easy-to-handle machine with adequate power for mid-duty jobs. —Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2023 On Wednesday, the city revoked the special event permit for the Aurora Pride group to hold the parade, saying not enough police officers had signed up for overtime or extra-duty shifts to provide adequate security for the event. —Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2022 The situation began shortly after 7 p.m. at the Neiman Marcus store when an Orlando police officer working an extra-duty shift at the mall kicked out a man of the store for acting oddly. —David Harris, Orlando Sentinel, 29 May 2022 The school board and the union also plan to change the district’s retirement program, extra-duty pay and the tuition reimbursement plan, and, according to the agreement, teachers’ workday will start and end 15 minutes before and after the students’. —Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Statewide peer coordinator Jeff Orrange said the nonprofit’s 2016 founding was not just in response to the Pulse shooting but also the rising numbers of non-duty deaths among firefighters, including those resulting from addiction and suicide. —Kalia Richardson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 June 2021 As an example, our top choice is an excellent mid-duty machine with 6,400 bpm and 3,000 pounds force. —Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, 12 Mar. 2021 Those extra-duty assignments often make up a substantial part of a driver’s monthly earnings. —Don Stacom, courant.com, 2 Sep. 2020 See More
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