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duty

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈdjuː.ti/ us    /ˈduː.t̬i/

duty noun [C or U] (RESPONSIBILITY)

B1 something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do: The duty of the agency is to act in the best interests of the child. [+ to infinitive] I felt it was my duty to tell them the truth. You have a duty to yourself to take a break once in a while. He only went to see her out of duty (= because he thought he should). You should report for duty (= arrive at work) at 8 a.m. on Monday. What time are you off/on duty (= when do you finish/start work) tomorrow?be duty bound to do sth to have to do something because it is your duty: We are duty bound to justify how we spend our funds.
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duty noun [C or U] (TAX)

a tax paid to the government, especially on things that you bring into a country: There's a high duty on alcohol.
Translations of “duty”
in Korean 의무, 임무…
in Arabic واجِب…
in French devoir, obligation, taxe…
in Turkish iş, görev, sorunluluk…
in Italian dovere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 責任, 義務…
in Russian долг, обязанность, налог…
in Polish obowiązek, cło…
in Spanish deber, obligación, impuesto…
in Portuguese dever, obrigação…
in German die Pflicht, die Aufgabe, der Zoll…
in Catalan deure…
in Japanese 義務, 職務…
in Chinese (Simplified) 责任, 义务…
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