do ut des

noun
\ ˌdōˌu̇tˈdās\

Definition of do ut des

: a commutative contract whereby something is given so that something may be received in return

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for do ut des

New Latin, I give in order that you may give

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about do ut des

Share do ut des

Dictionary Entries near do ut des

dousing chock

Doustioni

dout

do ut des

douter

do ut facias

doux

Statistics for do ut des

Look-up Popularity

Comments on do ut des

What made you want to look up do ut des? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!