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Duty meaning

duty - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. That which is due; payment.
  2. 2. That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory.
  3. 3. Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.
  4. 4. Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors.
  5. 5. Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.
  6. 6. The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal ( 94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. ( 112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).
  7. 7. Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.
  8. 8. What one is bound to do; obedience; service; tax on goods.

duty - examples of usage

  1. It is your duty to your husband to keep yourself young and lovely as long as you possibly can.
  2. I did my duty by 'im, although it's me as says it, ' answered the good lady. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  3. It's your duty to her, as well as to me. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
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