doing

noun

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

Example Sentences

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 The first is one of my doing, with a plume seen on this image of Chirpoi in the Kuril Islands. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2012 These sudden bouts of violence are the doing of the female squid. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2011 Will the absence of proof of your partner’s wrongdoing count as proof of their right-doing? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2022 The tour didn’t come to pass quickly, which was, in large part, my doing. Alan J. Borsuk, Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2022 But in the doing of it, the momentum of it becomes something greater than oneself. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Dec. 2022 Bankman-Fried’s meteoric rise was not simply based on his own doing – he was buoyed by many others. Emily Parker, CNN, 12 Nov. 2022 The club Rising did suffer injury woes, the impact of those injuries was their own doing. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2022 Merriam Webster defines procrastination as ‘to put off intentionally and habitually’ and ‘ to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done’. Kate Cooper, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Doing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doing. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

doing

noun
do·​ing ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce doing (audio)
1
: the act of performing or carrying out : action
it will take some doing to beat us
2
plural
a
: things that are done or that occur
everyday doings
b
: social activities
big doings tonight

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