duty collocations and examples

 UK /ˈdjuːti/

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a moral or legal obligation


Adjectives frequently used with duty
by a law or rule: fiduciary, legal, statutoryThere is a statutory duty to replace the trees which are removed or destroyed to build something.by moral or religious beliefs: Christian, ethical, moral, religious, religious, spiritualI felt that I had a very strong moral duty to stand up and say this is wrong.by the rules of your job: administrative, contractual, professionalAll counsellors have a professional duty to arrange external supervision.that helps society: civic, publicShe felt that it was her civic duty to vote.
Verbs frequently used with duty
have a duty: have, oweWe have a legal duty to provide you with advice and assistance.Councils owe a duty to their tax payers to recover unpaid rents.

Usage note

You can also say that someone is under a duty: Tour operators are under a duty to ensure that accommodation is safe and hygienic.

do a duty: carry out, discharge, do, exercise, fulfil, meet, perform, undertakeHe called for a report into the way the company was performing its duty, not just to shareholders, but to workers and consumers too.not do a duty: avoid, breach, evade, neglectThe council had neglected its duty to keep the drains clear, thus causing the water build up.make someone have a duty: impose, place, putThe law imposes a duty on employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees.start to have a duty: assume, take onHe temporarily assumed the duty of chairman.

Nouns frequently used after duty of
care, confidence, confidentiality, faithThe Government has placed an increased duty of care on employers for staff health problems.
Nouns + of frequently used before duty
the act of not doing a duty: breach, dereliction, neglectThe employers were not in breach of duty by exposing him to brick dust.a feeling of duty: senseHe was a committed Christian with a strong sense of public duty.
Other nouns/adjectives/verbs frequently used with duty
obligation, power, privilege, responsibility, rightAll citizens, wherever they are located, have certain responsibilities and duties.
 
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