1. [ noun ] work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

: "the duties of the job"

Related terms: work function job assignment
2. [ noun ] (sociology) the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force
Synonyms: responsibility obligation

: "we must instill a sense of duty in our children" "every right implies a responsibility"- John D.Rockefeller Jr

Related terms: social_control requirement prerequisite job guardianship filial_duty imperative noblesse_oblige legal_duty incumbency moral_obligation white_man's_burden line_of_duty civic_duty burden_of_proof compel
3. [ noun ] (government) a government tax on imports or exports
Synonyms: tariff

"they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"

Related terms: tax indirect_tax import_duty tonnage customs protective_tariff revenue_tariff export_duty countervailing_duty octroi tariff
4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 5277
Similar spelling:   duet