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duty

Synonyms of duty in English:

noun

  • 1 she was free of any binding love or duty
    responsibility, obligation, commitment, obedience, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, respect, deference, reverence, homage
    historical fealty
  • 2 it was his duty to attend the king
    work, burden, onus
    British informal pigeon
    dated office
  • 3 the duty was raised on alcohol and tobacco
    customs, dues
    rare mulct
  • Phrases

    off duty

    1
    he helped at the hospital even when he was off duty
    not working, at leisure, on holiday, on leave, off, off work, free

    on duty

    2
    the night security man was on duty
    working, at work, busy, occupied, engaged;
    on call, on standby
    informal on the job, tied up

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    duty, task, job, chore
    See task

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