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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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 trend betrays an anxiety about the fate of traditional arts in an age of screen culture: the assumption seems to be that only colossal doings will get audiences to look up from their handheld devices. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 That Follow, the debut feature from Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage, which delves into the serpent-focused doings of a secluded Appalachian religious community. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Them That Follow Is a Lazy Portrait of Religious Fanaticism," 20 June 2019 Jean grinned and admitted that this was not her doing. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 College doings: Here is our weekly list of local college graduates and those who achieved dean’s list status., "North Union Farmers Market returns to Legacy Village; new board president at Mandel JDS; more: Press Run," 7 June 2019 But Abérlard’s behaviours was purity exemplified compared to the doings of a certain other denizens of the quarter. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Civic officials are confident that no wrong-doing will be found, a person familiar with the investigation said. Jeanette Steele,, "Is Civic San Diego facing demise, in part because of bad behavior?," 2 Mar. 2018 Next-season doings: Hronek is a candidate to push for a job with the Wings in 2017-18. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings made a key trade, added defense in 2016 NHL draft," 9 June 2018 Stewart, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate, called the news conference to roll out a theory about nefarious doings involving Kaine, the FBI and Hillary Clinton. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "The Virginia GOP grapples with field running to challenge Sen. Kaine," 9 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
: 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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to form ideas or theories about something

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