Definition of active duty in English:

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active duty

Pronunciation: /ˈaktiv ˈd(y)o͞odē/

noun

1Full-time service in the police or armed forces.
Example sentences
  • In May 1940, the service recalled him to active duty for the wartime emergency.
  • You're not allowed to blog about the war critically if you are an active duty serviceman over there.
  • But there are nearly three million active duty service men and women and millions more veterans.
1.1The playing of a direct role in the operational work of the police or armed forces as opposed to doing administrative work.
Example sentences
  • Officers due for suspension have often in practice remained on active duty at the same police station in which the offence was committed.
  • An initial tour in the Army could consist of time spent in the National Guard and on active duty.
  • Officers continue on active duty and receive all regular pay and allowances from the Army.

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Syllabification: ac·tive du·ty

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