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verb \ˈdü\

Definition of do

did play \ˈdid, dəd\ done play \ˈdən\ do·ing play \ˈdü-iŋ\ does play \ˈdəz\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring to pass :  carry out <do another's wishes>

  3. 2 :  put —used chiefly in do to death

  4. 3 a :  perform, execute <do some work> <did his duty> b :  commit <crimes done deliberately>

  5. 4 a :  bring about, effect <trying to do good> <do violence> b :  to give freely :  pay <do honor to her memory>

  6. 5 :  to bring to an end :  finish —used in the past participle <the job is finally done>

  7. 6 :  to put forth :  exert <did her best to win the race>

  8. 7 a :  to wear out especially by physical exertion :  exhaust <at the end of the race they were pretty well done> b :  to attack physically :  beat; also :  kill

  9. 8 :  to bring into existence :  produce <do a biography on the general>

  10. 9 —used as a substitute verb especially to avoid repetition <if you must make such a racket, do it somewhere else>

  11. 10 a :  to play the role or character of b :  mimic; also :  to behave like <do a Houdini and disappear> c :  to perform in or serve as producer of <do a play>

  12. 11 :  to treat unfairly; especially :  cheat <did him out of his inheritance>

  13. 12 :  to treat or deal with in any way typically with the sense of preparation or with that of care or attention: a (1) :  to put in order :  clean <was doing the kitchen> (2) :  wash <did the dishes after supper> b :  to prepare for use or consumption; especially :  cook <like my steak done rare> c :  set, arrange <had her hair done> d :  to apply cosmetics to <wanted to do her face before the party> e :  decorate, furnish <did the living room in Early American> <do over the kitchen>

  14. 13 :  to be engaged in the study or practice of <do science>; especially :  to work at as a vocation <what to do after college>

  15. 14 a :  to pass over (as distance) :  traverse <did 20 miles yesterday> b :  to travel at a speed of <doing 55 on the turnpike>

  16. 15 :  tour <doing 12 countries in 30 days>

  17. 16 a :  to spend (time) in prison <has been doing time in a federal penitentiary> b :  to serve out (a period of imprisonment) <did ten years for armed robbery>

  18. 17 :  to serve the needs of :  suit, suffice <worms will do us for bait>

  19. 18 :  to approve especially by custom, opinion, or propriety <you oughtn't to say a thing like that … it's not done — Dorothy Sayers>

  20. 19 :  to treat with respect to physical comforts <did themselves well>

  21. 20 :  use 3 <doesn't do drugs>

  22. 21 :  to have sexual intercourse with

  23. 22 :  to partake of <let's do lunch>

  24. intransitive verb
  25. 1 :  act, behave <do as I say>

  26. 2 a :  get along, fare <do well in school> b :  to carry on business or affairs :  manage <we can do without your help>

  27. 3 :  to take place :  happen <what's doing across the street>

  28. 4 :  to come to or make an end :  finish —used in the past participle

  29. 5 :  to be active or busy <let us then be up and doing — H. W. Longfellow>

  30. 6 :  to be adequate or sufficient :  serve <half of that will do>

  31. 7 :  to be fitting :  conform to custom or propriety <won't do to be late>

  32. 8 —used as a substitute verb to avoid repetition <wanted to run and play as children do> ; used especially in British English following a modal auxiliary or perfective have <a great many people had died, or would do — Bruce Chatwin>

  33. 9 —used in the imperative after an imperative to add emphasis <be quiet do>

  34. verbal auxiliary
  35. 1 a —used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses in legal and parliamentary language <do hereby bequeath> and in poetry <give what she did crave — Shakespeare> b —used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses in declarative sentences with inverted word order <fervently do we pray — Abraham Lincoln>, in interrogative sentences <did you hear that?>, and in negative sentences <we don't know> <don't go>

  36. 2 —used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses expressing emphasis <I do say> <do be careful>

do·able play \ˈdü-ə-bəl\ adjective
do a number on
  1. :  to defeat or confound thoroughly especially by indirect or deceptive means

do away with
  1. 1 :  to put an end to :  abolish

  2. 2 :  to put to death :  kill

do by
  1. :  to deal with :  treat

do for

chiefly British

  1. 1 :  to attend to the wants and needs of :  take care of

  2. 2 :  to bring about the death or ruin of

do it
  1. :  to have sexual intercourse

do justice
  1. 1 a :  to act justly b :  to treat fairly or adequately c :  to show due appreciation for

  2. 2 :  to acquit in a way worthy of one's abilities

do proud
  1. :  to give cause for pride or gratification <she did herself proud>

do the trick
  1. :  to produce a desired result

do with
  1. :  to make good use of :  benefit by <could do with a cup of coffee>

to do
  1. :  necessary to be done <I've done my best and all's to do again — A. E. Housman>

Examples of do

  1. We should do something special to celebrate your birthday.

  2. This crime was done deliberately.

  3. I have to do some chores this afternoon.

  4. Tell me what to do and I'll do it.

  5. I'm obliged to do my duty.

  6. He does his work without complaining.

  7. He did a lot for us.

  8. What have I done to you to make you so angry?

  9. What are you doing this weekend? I'm just relaxing at home.

  10. What is the stock market doing now: rising or falling?

Origin of do

Middle English don, from Old English dōn; akin to Old High German tuon to do, Latin -dere to put, facere to make, do, Greek tithenai to place, set

First Known Use: before 12th century



noun \ˈdü\

Definition of do

plural dos or do's play \ˈdüz\

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  fuss, ado

  2. 2 archaic :  deed, duty

  3. 3 a :  a festive get-together :  affair, party b chiefly British :  battle

  4. 4 :  a command or entreaty to do something <a list of dos and don'ts>

  5. 5 British :  cheat, swindle

  6. 6 :  hairdo


First Known Use of do




noun \ˈdō\

Definition of do

  1. :  the first tone of the diatonic scale in solmization

Origin of do


First Known Use: circa 1754

Rhymes with do




Definition of do

  1. 1 ditto

  2. 2 double occupancy



Definition of DO

  1. 1 defense order

  2. 2 doctor of osteopathy

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an official order, decree, or edict

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