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 Democratic lawmakers believe any struggles Republicans are having over support for culture war issues are part of their own doing. al, "Transgender rights, gambling, marijuana: Alabama Republican lawmakers engage in new ‘culture wars’," 3 May 2021 By its own doing, China has begun to scare off economic partners, both public and private. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, "Climate Eyes Are on China, But What about ASEAN?," 29 Apr. 2021 The blanket of snow that had graced Indiana that morning was surely his dad's doing, his son Billy Leonard said. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Inside Bobby 'Slick' Leonard's private funeral: 'He was truly a man of the people'," 22 Apr. 2021 He was cleared of any wrong-doing by the NCAA and resumed his career, coaching at Hofstra, Creighton, DePaul, Fairleigh Dickinson and Fairfield., "Source: Former Central Connecticut player Patrick Sellers among finalists for men’s basketball head coaching job," 16 Apr. 2021 Minor ran into trouble in the third, much of it his own doing. David Smale, Star Tribune, "Taylor again stars at plate, Royals beat Rangers 11-4," 3 Apr. 2021 Dalton, 33, made the last of his three Pro Bowl appearances in 2016 and hasn’t led a winning team since 2015, though the Bengals’ decline certainly wasn’t all his doing. Colleen Kane,, "Ryan Pace explains why the Chicago Bears signed Andy Dalton to be their new starting quarterback: ‘We’re excited to have him’," 2 Apr. 2021 Rosas joined other members of the media, including from left-wing CNN, in calling out the Biden administration for denying them access to what many believe to be a crisis of the administration’s own doing. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, "Biden admin accused of using COVID to keep media out of border facilities," 22 Mar. 2021 Turner said putting the collection together took some doing. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Donation of African Americana to UCSD opens window on Black life here in the Old West," 21 Mar. 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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6 May 2021

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“Doing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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