do·​ing | \ ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce doing (audio) \

Definition of doing

1 : the act of performing or executing : action that will take a great deal of doing
2 doings plural
a : things that are done or that occur : goings-on everyday doings
b : social activities

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Examples of doing in a Sentence

It's the doing of the good deed that is important, not the thanks you receive. is that mess in the kitchen your doing?
Recent Examples on the Web For those who haven't charted the band's doings since Jan. 2016, the current lineup includes Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, all Eagles with lengthy tenure. Houston Chronicle, "Eagles bring "Hotel California" tour to Houston for two nights," 8 Oct. 2019 Nir briefed Bush in detail about the latest doings in a shadow foreign-policy scheme authorized by President Ronald Reagan. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Gordon Sondland’s Impeachment Testimony for the Ages," 24 Nov. 2019 As for smog, in May 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shifted from a previous stance and found that the region's ozone problems are not of its own doing, but the result of winds blowing pollution from the south. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ontario wildfires have created unsafe air quality in some areas of Wisconsin," 8 July 2019 When the Parks go away on a camping trip, the drunken revels and smashed glassware leads the Park clan to a discovery that leads to increasingly sinister and bloody doings. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s class-warfare thriller ‘Parasite’ is brilliant -- and already a massive hit: Movie review," 29 Oct. 2019 There is almost a necessity to be digital in one’s work and social doings., "Meanwhile, Aunt Polly, Tommy’s guardian, might well write her own Facebook post about the affair: “Blue lights flashing outside my bedroom window. Cops woke me up again tonite. Tommy!!! How do you deal with #teentroubles? #bailmoney #xtralargecoffee.”," 11 Sep. 2019 Check the website for routes, volunteer opportunities and other doings. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from the Milwaukee Air Show to Brady Street Festival," 25 July 2019 On Fox News yesterday, host Bret Baier had on anti-war Democrat and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to discuss the latest doings in the Middle East. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Who’s In Charge Here? The President Waits for Instructions from Saudi Arabia," 20 Sep. 2019 Spurs were cut open by some smart play for the first goal, but the second goal was all their own doing., "Tottenham's Calamitous Defence Crumbles as Spurs Roll Back the Years to Throw Away a Two-Goal Lead," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of doing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doing was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doing

: the act of making something happen through your own action
: things that someone does : things that happen


do·​ing | \ ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce doing (audio) \

Kids Definition of doing

1 : the act of performing : action It will take some doing to beat us.
2 doings plural : things that are done or that go on He asked about all the doings back home.

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