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  1. do
  2. verb

    • 1. perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified):

      something must be done about the city's traffic she knew what she was doing what can I do for you? Brian was looking at the girl, and had been doing so for most of the hearing
    • 2. perform (a particular task):

      Dad always did the cooking on Sundays
    • 3. work on (something) to bring it to completion or to a required state:

      it takes them longer to do their hair than me she's the secretary and does the publicity
      Synonym : prepare, make, get ready, fix, produce, see to, arrange, organize, be responsible for, be in charge of, look after, take on, style, arrange, adjust, groom, preen, primp, prink, brush, comb, wash, dry, cut, fix
    • 4. make or have available and provide:

      many hotels don't do single rooms at all he decided to do her a favor he's doing bistro food
      Synonym : paint, draw, sketch, make, create, produce, turn out, fashion, design, fabricate, manufacture, knock up, knock together, knock off
    • 5. solve; work out:

      Joe was doing sums aloud
      Synonym : work out, figure out, calculate, add up, solve, resolve, puzzle out, decipher, tot up
    • 6. cook (food) to completion or to a specified degree:

      if a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, then your pie is done
    • 7. (often in questions) work at for a living:

      what does she do?
      Synonym : do for a living, work at, be employed as, earn a living as/at, what is …'s job?
    • 8. produce or give a performance of (a particular play, opera, etc.):

      the Royal Shakespeare Company is doing
      Synonym : put on, present, produce, give, perform in, act in, play in, take part in, participate in, be involved in, be engaged in
    • 9. perform (a particular role, song, etc.) or imitate (a particular person) in order to entertain people:

      he not only does Schwarzenegger and Groucho, he becomes them
    • 10. take (a narcotic drug):

      he doesn't smoke, drink, or do drugs
    • 11. attend to (someone):

      the barber said he'd do me next
    • 12. have sexual intercourse with.

    • 13. have sexual intercourse:

      I only ever did it in the missionary position
    • 14. urinate or defecate.

    • 15. achieve or complete.

    • 16. travel (a specified distance):

      one car I looked at had done 112,000 miles
      Synonym : travel, journey, go, cover, travel over, pass over, journey over, traverse, cross, range over, put behind one, get under one's belt, attain, achieve, log, chalk up, notch up
    • 17. travel at (a specified speed):

      I was speeding, doing seventy-five
      Synonym : drive at, travel at, go at, proceed at, move at
    • 18. make (a particular journey):

      last time I did New York–Philadelphia round trip by train it was over 80 bucks
    • 19. achieve (a specified sales figure):

      our bestselling album did about a million worldwide
    • 20. visit as a tourist, especially in a superficial or hurried way:

      the tourists are allotted only a day to “do” Verona
      Synonym : visit, tour, sightsee in, look around, take in the sights of
    • 21. spend (a specified period of time) in prison or in a particular occupation:

      he did five years for manslaughter
    • 22. finish:

      you must sit there and wait till I'm done we're done arguing
    • 23. be over:

      the special formula continues to beautify your tan when the day is done
    • 24. give up concern for; have finished with:

      I would sell the place and have done with it Steve was not done with her
    • 25. act or behave in a specified way:

      they are free to do as they please you did well to bring her back
      Synonym : act, behave, conduct oneself, acquit oneself, comport oneself, deport oneself
    • 26. make progress or perform in a specified way; get on:

      when a team is doing badly, it's not easy for a new player to settle in Mrs. Walters, how're you doing?
      Synonym : get on, get along, progress, fare, make out, get by, manage, cope, survive, succeed, prosper
    • 27. have a specified effect on:

      the walk will do me good
    • 28. result in:

      the years of stagnation did a lot of harm to the younger generation
    • 29. be suitable or acceptable:

      if he's anything like you, he'll do a couple of bucks'll do me the old version will do for now
      Synonym : suffice, be adequate, be satisfactory, be acceptable, be good enough, be of use, fill the bill, fit the bill, answer the purpose, serve the purpose, meet one's needs, pass muster, be enough, be sufficient, make the grade, cut the mustard, be up to snuff
    • 30. beat up or kill:

      he was the guy who did Maranzano
    • 31. ruin:

      once you falter, you're done
    • 32. rob (a place):

      this would be an easy place to do and there was plenty of money lying around
    • 33. swindle:

      in business you had to do your competitors before they did you
    • 34. prosecute or convict:

      we got done for conspiracy to commit murder


    • 1. used before a verb (except be, can, may, ought, shall, will) in questions and negative statements:

      do you have any pets? did he see me? I don't smoke it does not matter
    • 2. used to make tag questions:

      you write poetry, don't you? I never seem to say the right thing, do I?
    • 3. used in negative commands:

      don't be silly do not forget
    • 4. used to refer to a verb already mentioned:

      he looks better than he did before you wanted to enjoy yourself, and you did as the cops get smarter, so do the crooks
    • 5. used to give emphasis to a positive verb:

      I do want to act on this he did look tired
    • 6. used in positive commands to give polite encouragement:

      do tell me! do sit down
    • 7. used with inversion of a subject and verb when an adverbial phrase begins a clause for emphasis:

      only rarely did they succumb not only did the play close, the theater closed


    • 1. short for hairdo

    • 2. a party or other social event:

      the soccer club Christmas do
    • 3. excrement:

      the air was rancid with the smell of donkey doo
    • 4. a swindle or hoax.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: 'do, plural noun: 'dos

    • v.: verb: do, 3rd person present: does, gerund or present participle: doing, past tense: did, past participle: done

    • noun

      (in solmization) the first and eighth note of a major scale.

      the note C in the fixed-do system.

    • abbreviation

    • verb

      perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified):

      perform (a particular task):

    • auxiliary

      used before a verb (except be, can, may, ought, shall, will) in questions and negative statements:

      used to make tag questions:

    • noun

      a party or other social event:

      short for hairdo

    • noun

      variant spelling of doh
    • abbreviation

    • verb

      past participle of do

      nonstandard past tense of do

    • adjective

      (of food) cooked thoroughly:

      no longer happening or existing:

    • exclamation

      used to indicate that the speaker accepts the terms of an offer:
    • noun

      the activities in which a particular person engages:

      a beating or scolding:

    • past of do
    • third person singular present of do
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