Synonyms of duty in English:



  • 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
    job, task, chore, assignment, commission, mission, function, charge, part, place, role, concern, requirement, responsibility, obligation; work, burden, onus
    British informal pigeon
    dated office
  • 3 the duty was raised on alcohol and tobacco
    tax, levy, tariff, excise, toll, fee, imposition, impost, exaction, tithe, payment, rate; customs, dues
    rare mulct
  • Phrases

    off duty

    he helped at the hospital even when he was off dutynot workingat leisureon holidayon leaveoffoff workfree

    on duty

    the night security man was on dutyworkingat workbusyoccupiedengagedon callon standby informalon the jobtied up

    Choose the right word

    duty, task, job, chore
    See task

    Definition of duty in:

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

    Word of the day anomalous
    Pronunciation: əˈnämələs
    deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected