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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun duty:


Duty is sometimes a misspelling of duly.

The word duty is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun duty

What does duty mean as a name of something?

Duty is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: duties

  1. the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  2. work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: work = activity directed toward making or doing something
    • more specific terms:
  3. a government tax on imports or exports

Alternative definition of the noun duty


  1. That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.
  2. A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.
  3. describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.
  4. A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.
  5. [obsolete] One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.


Duty is a village in the southern part of Khiloksky District of Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, located at the confluence of the Duty and Arey Rivers, 65 kilometers away from Khilok.


  1. "Duty" is the third full-length studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki, as well as being her best-selling studio album to date, with over 2.9 million copies sold. The single "Surreal," an initial pressing-only single, was released simultaneously along with the album and the DVD Ayumi Hamasaki Concert Tour 2000 Vol.1. All three claimed the top position on the Oricon Weekly charts, making Ayumi Hamasaki the first person to hold the top position on all three charts. Prior to this, the most number of charts that a single artist or musical act topped was two. Duty is also Ayumi Hamasaki's highest selling studio album with sales of 2,904,420 in Japan. The album has been certified 3x Million by RIAJ. It debuted at the number-one position and held that position for four weeks, the album also stayed in the Top 30 for 20 weeks, making Hamasaki's only studio album to stay on the Top 30 for that long. Duty is the 22nd best-selling album in Japan of all times.
  2. "Duty" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  3. "Duty" is a musical album of Automatics.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  4. "Duty" is a composition.
  5. "Duty" is a composition.


  1. "Duty" is a book by Samuel Smiles.
    • also known as "Duty, with illustrations of courage, patience, and endurance"
    • subjects: Philosophy, Virtue, Self-help, Ethics
  2. "Duty" is a book by Julius Hawley Seelye.


  1. "Duty" a.k.a. "Farz" is a 1967 Hindi spy thriller film. Directed by Ravikant Nagaich, it has music by Laxmikant Pyarelal and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The film stars Jeetendra and Babita along with Aruna Irani, Nagesh, Agha and David. The villain of the movie is Telugu veteran Rajanala kaleshwar Rao as Sprimo. The film was a surprise Superhit. The character of Gopal Kishan Pandey was used again for movie Keemat and Raksha.
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  2. "Duty" a.k.a. "Karthavyam": Kartavyam is a 1990 Telugu political drama, action film directed by Mohan Gandhi. The film was a blockbuster and was subsequently dubbed into Tamil as Vyjayanthi IPS. The lead actress Vijayashanti won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in this film. The film was written by Paruchuri Brothers and is roughly based on real life story of Kiran Bedi, IPS Officer. The film was premiered at the 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.
  3. "Duty" is a 1986 film directed by Ravikant Nagaich.
  4. "Duty" is a Nigerian film directed by Mak 'Kusare.


Duty is the eighth and final episode of the British TV series Hornblower, based on the book Hornblower and the Hotspur by C.S. Forester.

Phrases with Duty

Phrases starting with the word Duty:

  1. duty tour
  2. duty-free
  3. Duty cycle
  4. duty-bound
  5. duty period

Phrases ending with the word Duty:

  1. On Duty
  2. off duty
  3. sea-duty
  4. jury duty
  5. civic duty
  6. death duty
  7. guard duty
  8. heavy-duty
  9. legal duty
  10. light-duty
  11. point duty
  12. shore duty
  13. stamp duty
  14. Active duty
  15. export duty

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Duty

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Google previewAwakening the Real You (2015)

The Key to Happiness by Ray Newman

Duty is an obligation imposed upon you by others, by the will of others, past or present.

Google previewSoldier's Guide (2007)

The Complete Guide to U.S. Army Traditions, Training, Duties, and Responsibilities by Department Of The Army

Duty is the sum total of all laws, rules and expectations that make up our organizational, civic, and moral obligations.

Duty also means being able to do your job as part of a team.

Google previewReason and Goodness (2014)

by Brand Blanshard

And a Prima facie duty is a claim on us resting on some circumstance of the situation we are facing. Sometimes this circumstance is a...

Google previewDisorders of Fat and Cellulite (2011)

Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment by David J. Goldberg, Alexander L. Berlin

Duty is the conduct undertaken by another reasonable physician performing that very same treatment;

Google previewThe Monthly Miscellany (1841)

by Ezra Stiles Gannett

" The first duty is that suggested by the text — "mutual service prompted by mutual love," or a faithful obedience to the spirit and precepts of...

Google previewReports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States (1827)

But the broad principle has been assumed on the argument that the payment of the foreign duty is a purchase of the right and privilege, not only of introducing the goods into the country, but of selling them free from any increased burden ...

Google previewLouisiana Civil Law Dictionary (2011)

by Gregory W. Rome, Stephan Kinsella

Duty-risk analysis. A test used by Louisiana courts to determine whether an alleged tortfeasor acted negligently. The test collapses the common law's duty and proximate cause into essentially one question: “[D]oes this defendant owe a duty to ...

Google previewThe Tennessee Gazetteer, Or Topographical Dictionary (1834)

Containing a Description of the Several Counties, Towns, Villages, Post Offices, Rivers, Creeks, Mountains, Valleys, &c. in the State of Tennessee, Alphabetically Arranged : to which is Prefixed a General Description of the State, Its Civil Divisions, Resources, Population, &c. and a Condensed History from the Earliest Settlements Down to the Rise of the Convention in the Year 1834 : with an Appendix, Containing a List of the Practising Attorneys at Law in Each County, Principal Officers of the General and State Governments, Times of Holding Courts, and Other Valuable Tables by Eastin Morris

It shail be the duty of said returning officers, in presence of the said inspectors, to count the votes given for the ratification and rejection of the Constitution, of which they shall keep a true and correct estimate in said poll book. Said returning ...

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Quotes about Duty

Duty without love is deplorable. Duty with love is desirable. Love without duty is Divine. (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
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Scrabble value of D2U1T1Y4

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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