doing

play
noun do·ing \ ˈdü-iŋ \

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

Examples of doing in a Sentence

  1. It's the doing of the good deed that is important, not the thanks you receive.

  2. is that mess in the kitchen your doing?

Recent Examples of doing from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'doing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of doing

14th century


DOING Defined for English Language Learners

doing

play
noun

Definition of doing for English Language Learners

  • : the act of making something happen through your own action

  • doings : things that someone does : things that happen


DOING Defined for Kids

doing

play
noun do·ing \ ˈdü-iŋ \

Definition of doing for Students

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.


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a ram's-horn trumpet used in Judaism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!