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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Synonyms for doing


act, action, deed, exploit, feat, thing

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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?

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Civic officials are confident that no wrong-doing will be found, a person familiar with the investigation said. Jeanette Steele,, "Is Civic San Diego facing demise, in part because of bad behavior?," 2 Mar. 2018 Next-season doings: Hronek is a candidate to push for a job with the Wings in 2017-18. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings made a key trade, added defense in 2016 NHL draft," 9 June 2018 Stewart, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate, called the news conference to roll out a theory about nefarious doings involving Kaine, the FBI and Hillary Clinton. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "The Virginia GOP grapples with field running to challenge Sen. Kaine," 9 Mar. 2018 Ken felt absolutely none of this, by the way, in part because while the library was ours, the arrangement was mostly my doing, especially for the art and architecture titles. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A library and an unexpected journey toward household togetherness," 28 June 2018 The Hoffman document turns out to be just one of several Karel has collected, all chronicling the doings of a shadowy figure called Melmoth. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "‘Melmoth’ Review: The Wanderer Returns," 11 Oct. 2018 What is New York doing and showing itself capable of right now? Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Wes Gordon Has One Keyword For His Carolina Herrera Runway Debut, and That Word is Happy," 7 Sep. 2018 My 13-year-old self stood helpless and in pain of her own doing. Sophie Gray, SELF, "My Need for Acceptance Made Me Instagram Famous—Then Sent Me Into a Panic Spiral," 16 July 2018 Nomad Nacional, the pop-up party spot in Walker's Point operated by Nomad World Pub, promises special doings during and after the finals. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Bastille Days and World Cup finale to historic Harleys," 12 July 2018

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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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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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showing great care, attention, and effort

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