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 Oddly, his name is already on that state’s ballot as a vice presidential candidate with the right-wing American Independent Party, although that was not his doing. Mark Niquette,, "Talked Up as Spoiler, Kanye West’s 2020 Bid Draws Mostly Shrugs," 11 Oct. 2020 Even Alexander’s later achievement, the invasion and conquest of the Achaemenid Persian empire, was partly his father’s doing. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Philip and Alexander’ Review: A Conqueror’s Patrimony," 9 Oct. 2020 Polio is highly contagious, and finding a hospital that would accept her took some doing. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Renée C. Fox, Founding Figure of Medical Sociology, Dies at 92," 1 Oct. 2020 The Fixer has tackled big projects at different times in his seven seasons in Minnesota, some of his own doing, some not. Star Tribune, "Mike Zimmer, The Fixer, now faces his biggest home improvement project yet," 26 Sep. 2020 Besides the fact that the IMS oval has often brings out the best in the veteran driver, with eight top-10s to his name, his on track issues in 2020 have rarely been his own doing. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Andretti Autosport getting results in Indy 500 practice it's waited for all season," 14 Aug. 2020 Then, being successful at it would take some additional doing. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Election night as we knew it is history," 12 Aug. 2020 That scrambling ability also leads to Murray taking too many sacks, many of which were his own doing and not the fault of poor blocking. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray ranked among worst starting quarterbacks in NFL," 6 Aug. 2020 Senzel had a rocky start to the season – not all of his own doing. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Reds CF Nick Senzel takes blame for Castellanos' error, says he should have called him off," 3 Aug. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

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“Doing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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