Translation of "duty" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈdjuː·ti/ us /ˈdu·t̬i/ plural duties

B1 something you must do because the law says you must or because it is right

The police have a duty to protect the public.

something you do as part of your job or because of your position

professional duties
on/off duty

If a doctor, police officer, etc. is on duty, he or she is working, and if he or she is off duty, he or she is not working.

de servicio/no de servicio
I’m on duty tomorrow night.

(Translation of “duty” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈdjuːti/ (plural duties)

what one ought morally or legally to do

He acted out of duty
I do my duty as a responsible citizen.

an action or task requiring to be done, especially one attached to a job

I had a few duties to perform in connection with my job.

(a) tax on goods

You must pay duty when you bring wine into the country.
dutiable adjective

(of goods) on which tax is to be paid

sujeto a derechos de aduana
Dutiable goods imported to Brunei are subject to customs import duties.
dutiful adjective

(opposite undutiful) careful to do what one should

a dutiful daughter.
duty-free adjective

free from tax

libre de impuestos
duty-free wines.
off duty

not actually working and not liable to be asked to do so

no estar de guardia
The doctor’s off duty this weekend
(adjective (etc)) She spends her off-duty hours at home.
on duty

carrying out one’s duties or liable to be asked to do so during a certain period

estar de guardia, estar de servicio
I’m on duty again this evening.

(Translation of “duty” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)