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Meaning of DUTY

Pronunciation:  'dootee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job"
  2. [n]  the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
  3. [n]  a government tax on imports or exports; "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"

DUTY is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: obligation, responsibility, tariff
 See Also: assignment, burden of proof, chore, civic duty, civic responsibility, countervailing duty, custom, customs, customs duty, demand, duty assignment, export duty, filial duty, function, guardianship, imperative, import duty, impost, incumbency, job, keeping, legal duty, line of duty, moral obligation, noblesse oblige, octroi, office, part, prerequisite, protective tariff, requirement, revenue enhancement, revenue tariff, role, safekeeping, social control, task, tax, taxation, tonnage, tonnage duty, tunnage, white man's burden, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Du"ty\, n.; pl. {Duties}. [From {Due}.]
1. That which is due; payment. [Obs. as signifying a material

         When thou receivest money for thy labor or ware,
         thou receivest thy duty.              --Tyndale.

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.

         Forgetting his duty toward God, his sovereign lord,
         and his country.                      --Hallam.

3. Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of
   a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.

         With records sweet of duties done.    --Keble.

         To employ him on the hardest and most imperative
         duty.                                 --Hallam.

         Duty is a graver term than obligation. A duty hardly
         exists to do trivial things; but there may be an
         obligation to do them.                --C. J. Smith.

4. Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and
   superiors. --Shak.

5. Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage. ``My
   duty to you.'' --Shak.

6. (Engin.) 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. (Com.) Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of
   money required by government to be paid on the
   importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.

Note: An impost on land or other real estate, and on the
      stock of farmers, is not called a duty, but a direct
      tax. [U.S.]

{Ad valorem duty}, a duty which is graded according to the
   cost, or market value, of the article taxed. See {Ad

{Specific duty}, a duty of a specific sum assessed on an
   article without reference to its value or market.

{On duty}, actually engaged in the performance of one's
   assigned task.

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