[ doo-tee, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu ti, ˈdyu- /

noun, plural du·ties.

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Origin of duty

1250–1300; Middle English du(e)te < Anglo-French duete. See due, -ty2

synonym study for duty

1. Duty, obligation refer to what one feels bound to do. Duty is what one performs, or avoids doing, in fulfillment of the permanent dictates of conscience, piety, right, or law: duty to one's country; one's duty to tell the truth, to raise children properly. An obligation is what one is bound to do to fulfill the dictates of usage, custom, or propriety, and to carry out a particular, specific, and often personal promise or agreement: financial obligations.

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British Dictionary definitions for duties

/ (ˈdjuːtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for duty

C13: from Anglo-French dueté, from Old French deu due

Cultural definitions for duties


A tax charged by a government, especially on an import.

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