- The definition of a duty is something that is required by one's religion, job, position or the laws.
An example of a duty is the act of students completing homework assignments.
duty definition by Webster's New World
- the obedience or respect that one should show toward one's parents, older people, etc.
- conduct based on moral or legal obligation, or a sense of propriety: one's duty to vote
- any action, task, etc. required by or relating to one's occupation or position: the duties of a secretary
- a sense or feeling of obligation: duty calls
- service, esp. military service: overseas duty
- a payment due to the government, esp. a tax imposed on imports, exports, or manufactured goods
- Brit. the performance of a machine as measured by the output of work per unit of fuel
- the amount of work that a machine is meant to do; rated efficiency under specified conditions
- ☆ Agric. the amount of water needed for irrigation per acre per cropalso duty of water
Origin: Middle English duete ; from Anglo-French dueté, what is due (owing): see due and amp; -ty
duty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. du·ties
- An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law, or religion: Do your duty to your country.
- a. Moral obligation: acting out of duty.b. The compulsion felt to meet such obligation.
- A service, function, or task assigned to one, especially in the armed forces: hazardous duty.
- Function or work; service: jury duty. See Synonyms at function.
- A tax charged by a government, especially on imports.
- a. The work performed by a machine under specified conditions.b. A measure of efficiency expressed as the amount of work done per unit of energy used.
- The total volume of water required to irrigate a given area in order to cultivate a specific crop until harvest.
Origin: Middle English duete, from Anglo-Norman, from due, variant of Old French deu, due; see due.
duty - Business Definition
- A professional obligation. For example, a certified financial planner has a duty to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment in providing professional services.
- See tariff 1.
duty - Cultural Definition
A tax charged by a government, especially on an import.
duty - Investment & Finance Definition
A tax or payment imposed by a government on the goods that a company imports or exports. Goods that do not require the payment of a duty are called duty free.
duty - Legal Definition
duty - Phrases/Idioms
do duty for
on (or off) duty