verb \ˈdü\

Definition of do


play \ˈdid, dəd\;


play \ˈdən\;


play \ˈdü-iŋ\;


play \ˈdəz\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring to pass :  carry out do another's wishes it is my earnest desire to know the will of Providence … and if I can learn what it is I will do it — Abraham Lincoln

  3. 2 :  put —used chiefly in do to death had been hounded down and done to death as heretics — Stringfellow Barr

  4. 3a :  perform, execute do some work did his dutyb :  commit crimes done deliberately

  5. 4a :  bring about, effect trying to do good do violenceb :  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. 7a :  to wear out especially by physical exertion :  exhaust at the end of the race they were pretty well doneb :  to attack physically :  beat; also :  kill

  9. 8 :  to bring into existence :  produce do a biography on the general has done some beautiful landscapes

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

  11. 10a :  to play the role or character of He did Hamlet on Broadway.b :  mimic; also :  to behave like do a Houdini and disappearc :  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 supperb :  to prepare for use or consumption; especially :  cook like my steak done rarec :  set, arrange had her hair doned :  to apply cosmetics to wanted to do her face before the partye :  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. 14a :  to pass over :  traverse did 20 miles yesterdayb :  to travel at a speed of doing 55 on the turnpike

  16. 15 :  tour doing 12 countries in 30 days

  17. 16a :  to spend (time) in prison has been doing time in a federal penitentiaryb :  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 I'd do him.

  23. 22 :  to partake of Let's do lunch.

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

  26. 2a :  get along, fare do well in schoolb :  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 he had done with speech for that evening and gave us no reply — Arnold Bennett

  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. auxiliary verb
  35. 1a —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 — Shakespeareb —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


play \ˈdü-ə-bəl\ adjective

do a number on

  1. :  to defeat or confound thoroughly especially by indirect or deceptive means The scandal did a number on his career.

do away with

  1. 1 :  to put an end to :  abolish chose to do away with a number of positions doing away with formalities

  2. 2 :  to put to death :  kill

do by

  1. :  to deal with :  treat They did pretty well by me when I retired.

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 He will be done for.

do it

  1. :  to have sexual intercourse

do justice

  1. 1a :  to act justlyb :  to treat fairly or adequately The portrait doesn't do justice to her beauty.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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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



noun \ˈdü\

Definition of do





play \ˈdüz\
  1. 1 chiefly dialectal :  fuss, ado

  2. 2 archaic :  deed, duty

  3. 3a :  a festive get-together :  affair, party an annual dob 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 The wind messed up his do.

Origin and Etymology of do

see 1do



noun \ˈdō\

Definition of do

  1. music :  the first tone of the major scale in solfège

Origin and Etymology of do





Definition of do

  1. 1 ditto

  2. 2 double occupancy



Definition of DO

  1. 1 defense order

  2. 2 doctor of osteopathic medcine; doctor of osteopathy

DO Defined for Kids



verb \dü\

Definition of do for Students








  1. 1 :  to cause (as an act or action) to happen :  perform Tell me what to do. Do me a favor.

  2. 2 :  2act 2, behave Do as I say, not as I do.

  3. 3 :  to make progress :  succeed He is doing well in school.

  4. 4 :  to finish working on —used in the past participle My project is almost done.

  5. 5 :  to put forth :  exert Just do your best.

  6. 6 :  to work on, prepare, produce, or put in order Do your homework. This artist does beautiful landscapes.

  7. 7 :  to work at as a paying job What does she do for a living?

  8. 8 :  to serve the purpose :  suit This will do very well.

  9. 9 :  to have an effect A vacation would do you some good.

  10. 10 :  to travel at a speed of doing 50 miles per hour

  11. 11 —used as a helping verb (1) before the subject in a question Do you work?, (2) in a negative statement I do not know., (3) for emphasis I think you do know., and (4) as a substitute for a predicate that has already been stated You work harder than I do.

do away with

  1. 1 :  to get rid of

  2. 2 :  1kill 1



noun \ˈdō\

Definition of do for Students

  1. :  the first note of the musical scale

Medical Dictionary



Medical Definition of DO

  1. 1doctor of optometry

  2. 2doctor of osteopathic medicine; doctor of osteopathy

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of do





  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  perform, execute

  3. 2 :  commit did this act of cruelty

  4. verbal auxiliary
  5. —used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses in legal and parliamentary language do hereby bequeath

do business

  1. :  to be engaged in business activities (as soliciting sales); specifically :  to engage in activities sufficient to subject a foreign company to the personal jurisdiction of a state was sufficient to constitute doing business in the state — International Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310 (1945) — see also doing business statute

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