Dual - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈduːəl|  American pronunciation of the word dual
Brit.  |ˈdjuːəl|  British pronunciation of the word dual


- consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs (syn: double, duple)
dual controls for pilot and copilot
- having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities (syn: double, three-fold, threefold, treble, two-fold, twofold)
a double (or dual) role for an actor
- a grammatical number category referring to two items or units as opposed to one item (singular) or more than two items (plural)
ancient Greek had the dual form but it has merged with the plural form in modern Greek

Extra examples

She pursued dual careers in music and acting.

The bridge has a dual role, carrying both road and rail.

She has dual nationality, of Canada and Britain (=she is a citizen of Canada and Britain).

After her husband left her, she had to take on the dual role of mother and father for her children.

We can regard the dual as an amplification of the plural forms.

McGuirk holds dual citizenship (=the legal right of being a citizen in two countries) in Ireland and the US.

The state has a dual role: to support business on the one hand and to be the guardian of social welfare on the other.

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