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 Houser's day quickly became worse in the second, but this time the damage was all his doing. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Toney’s rookie season has gotten off to a shaky start, though mostly not of his doing. Patricia Traina, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Mamet's star has been considerably tarnished by his own doing, but his work still has the power to rivet audiences. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 3 Mar. 2022 Shafique scored an unbeaten ton in Rawalpindi and his only two dismissals in the series were of his own doing. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Bands like Slayer, who use occult symbols and sing of Satanic ceremonies, were the devil’s doing. Bob Larsen, SPIN, 12 Feb. 2022 As to Russia, and what Russia's doing, the Ukrainians and the Americans are absolutely together. NBC News, 30 Jan. 2022 My becoming a copyboy was really my father's doing. CBS News, 6 Jan. 2022 That was entirely the FBI's doing, the defense maintains, not Adam Fox's. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of doing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Doing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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