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Definitions of duty

  1. work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. That which is due; payment. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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). Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. That which is due: what one is bound by any obligation to do: obedience: military service: respect or regard: one's proper business: tax on goods: in the U. S. applied to tax on imports only. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. What one is bound to do; obedience; service; tax on goods. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. That which is due; moral obligation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. An impost, as upon imports. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A formal expression of respect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. That which a person is bound, by any natural, moral, or legal obligation, to pay, do, or perform; forbearance of that which is forbidden by morality, law, justice, or propriety; obedience; submission; act of reverence or respect; tax, toll, impost, customs, or excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods; any service or business, especially of a soldier or marine. Military duties, are divided into regimental, or those which the several companies of a regiment perform among themselves; and brigade, those which one regiment does in common with another, collectively or by detachments. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. The obedience which one owes to another, as to a parent or superior; that which a person is bound to pay, do, or perform; tax, impost, or toll; service; business. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for duty

  1. If Margaret were found she wished to know it, and if she were not found it was surely her duty to go at once and tell them where she was. – Maggie Miller by Mary J. Holmes
  2. I should think my duty was clear." – The Chautauqua Girls At Home by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
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