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 In lieu of doing tours, Salmon Berry now is offering grocery delivery services from Anchorage to Bird, Indian, Girdwood and Hatcher Pass. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska tourism businesses expect a lean year ahead," 18 Apr. 2020 That's just what South African journalist-filmmakers Richard Poplak and Diana Neille set out to do with Influence, their sprawling, continent-hopping documentary deep dive and ocean-floor swim into the nefarious doings of PR firm Bell Pottinger. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Influence': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 In classical Greek tragedy, a chorus supplies commentary on the grisly doings of gods and men. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Heroine Burning With Purpose," 29 Mar. 2019 Billionaires are busy guys with lots of business interests, and the day-to-day doings of his baseball squad, on paper, do not fall within Crane’s purview. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'I don’t think I should be held accountable': Houston Astros' systemic issues persist from the top down," 13 Feb. 2020 Much of that was the Irish doing, and the Cyclones’ undoing. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: This was Notre Dame at its collective best one final time in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Other flashes represent different, ambiguous supernatural doings. Michael Phillips,, "‘The Lighthouse’ review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in a bamboozler of a tale from the maker of ‘The Witch’," 17 Oct. 2019 For me, overturning the outcome of an election demands two things: A bipartisan and fair process to determine wrong doing, and a criminal offense worthy of overturning the outcome of the voters’ will. oregonlive, "Trump impeachment: Oregon’s Congressional leaders lend eight ‘yes’ votes," 19 Dec. 2019 Indeed, anything that Hunter Biden touched that intersected, however tangentially, with the official doings and responsibilities of his father can be presumed to be a worthy subject of investigation unless and until proven otherwise. Luke Thompson, National Review, "Why Trump Did Nothing Wrong in His Phone Call with Zelensky," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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5 May 2020

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“Doing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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