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

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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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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 However, Engler’s presidency has become tangled in further public relations scandals of his own doing. Washington Post, "Michigan State president apologizes for ‘kickback’ comments," 21 June 2018 Fort Lauderdale was the Indians, while Deerfield was the Mets over the springtime diamond doings. Emmett Hall,, "Deerfield Beach Little League Junior Division All-Stars ready for trip to Florida's capital," 12 July 2018 But the multitude of scandals surrounding Pruitt were in fact his own doing. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 So the doings of the old demon barber of Fleet Street represent something of a grand hurrah, here, for director Fred Anzevino — an exit from the No Exit in a way that makes a statement. Chris Jones,, "Theo Ubique says farewell to the No Exit with well-sung 'Sweeney Todd'," 13 Mar. 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

doings : things that someone does : things that happen


do·​ing | \ ˈdü-iŋ \

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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