HyperDic: duty

English > 3 senses of the word duty:
NOUNactduty, responsibility, obligationthe social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
actdutywork that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
possessionduty, tariffa government tax on imports or exports
duty > pronunciation
Soundsduw'tiy; dyuw'tiy
Rhymesability ... zloty: 638 rhymes with tiy...
English > duty: 3 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force.
Examples
  • "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"
  • every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
Synonymsresponsibility, obligation
Narrowerburden of proofThe duty of proving a disputed charge
civic duty, civic responsibilityThe responsibilities of a citizen
filial dutyduty of a child to its parents
guardianship, keeping, safekeepingThe responsibility of a guardian or keeper
imperativeSome duty that is essential and urgent
incumbencyA duty that is incumbent upon you
jobThe responsibility to do something
legal dutyActs which the law requires be done or forborne
line of dutyAll that is normally required in some area of responsibility
moral obligationAn obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
noblesse obligeThe obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)
prerequisite, requirementSomething that is required in advance
requirement, demandrequired activity
white man's burdenThe supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects
Broadersocial controlControl exerted (actively or passively) by group action
Spanishcompromiso, deber, obligación, responsabilidad
Catalandeure, obligació, responsabilitat
Adjectivesduteouswillingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
English > duty: 3 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningWork that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons.
Narrowerassignment, duty assignmentA duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
function, office, part, roleThe actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
job, task, choreA specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
BroaderworkActivity directed toward making or doing something
Spanishdeber, obligación
Catalandeure
Adjectivesduteouswillingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
English > duty: 3 senses > noun 3, possession
MeaningA government tax on imports or exports.
Synonymtariff
Narrowercountervailing dutyA duty imposed to offset subsidies by foreign governments
customs, customs duty, custom, impostmoney collected under a tariff
export dutyA duty imposed on exports
import dutyA duty imposed on imports
octroiA tax on various goods brought into a town
protective tariffA tariff imposed to protect domestic firms from import competition
revenue tariffA tariff imposed to raise revenue
tonnage, tunnage, tonnage dutyA tax imposed on ships that enter the US
Broaderindirect taxA tax levied on goods or services rather than on persons or organizations
Spanisharancel, tarifa
Catalanaranzel, tarifa, taxa

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