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 While the White Sox have seemingly booked their ticket as the top squad in the American League Central, the Red Sox continue to crawl through the mud to claim a wild-card spot — much by their own doing., 11 Sep. 2021 Although those scratches weren’t their doing, the rental company wanted $3,000. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 As leaders move their strategy forward designing the next bus, strategic doing includes looking at 30 days past and 30 days ahead. Janine Maclachlan, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 And after making all that up over the first 60 laps, he was collected in a three-car crash not of his own doing. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2021 Birmingham is a very different city than the one that last elected Bell—much of it of his doing. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 26 Aug. 2021 The fact that the siblings Paul and Elisabeth wound up dead felt like an unfortunate accident rather than the doing of fate. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 Those failures do occur, and learning to fly the Dragon by hand can take some doing. Belinda Luscombe, Time, 10 Aug. 2021 His younger brother Peter, 67, is serving a 10-year sentence at a medium-security federal prison in South Carolina, after pleading guilty to covering up the financial wrong-doing. Aaron Smith, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Doing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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