do
I. verb (did; done; doing; does) Etymology: Middle English don, from Old English dōn; akin to Old High German tuon to do, Latin -dere to put, facere to make, do, Greek tithenai to place, set Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to bring to pass ; carry out <
do another's wishes
>
2. put — used chiefly in do to death 3. a. perform, execute <
do some work
>
<
did his duty
>
b. commit <
crimes done deliberately
>
4. a. bring about, effect <
trying to do good
>
<
do violence
>
b. to give freely ; pay <
do honor to her memory
>
5. to bring to an end ; finish — used in the past participle <
the job is finally done
>
6. to put forth ; exert <
did her best to win the race
>
7. a. to wear out especially by physical exertion ; exhaust <
at the end of the race they were pretty well done
>
b. to attack physically ; beat; also kill 8. to bring into existence ; produce <
do a biography on the general
>
9. — used as a substitute verb especially to avoid repetition <
if you must make such a racket, do it somewhere else
>
10. a. to play the role or character of b. mimic; also to behave like <
do a Houdini and disappear
>
c. to perform in or serve as producer of <
do a play
>
11. to treat unfairly; especially cheat <
did him out of his inheritance
>
12. to treat or deal with in any way typically with the sense of preparation or with that of care or attention: a. (1) to put in order ; clean <
was doing the kitchen
>
(2) wash <
did the dishes after supper
>
b. to prepare for use or consumption; especially cook <
like my steak done rare
>
c. set, arrange <
had her hair done
>
d. to apply cosmetics to <
wanted to do her face before the party
>
e. decorate, furnish <
did the living room in Early American
>
<
do over the kitchen
>
13. to be engaged in the study or practice of <
do science
>
; especially to work at as a vocation <
what to do after college
>
14. a. to pass over (as distance) ; traverse <
did 20 miles yesterday
>
b. to travel at a speed of <
doing 55 on the turnpike
>
15. tour <
doing 12 countries in 30 days
>
16. a. to spend (time) in prison <
has been doing time in a federal penitentiary
>
b. to serve out (a period of imprisonment) <
did ten years for armed robbery
>
17. to serve the needs of ; suit, suffice <
worms will do us for bait
>
18. to approve especially by custom, opinion, or propriety <
you oughtn't to say a thing like that…it's not done — Dorothy Sayers
>
19. to treat with respect to physical comforts <
did themselves well
>
20. use 3 <
doesn't do drugs
>
21. to have sexual intercourse with 22. to partake of <
let's do lunch
>
intransitive verb 1. act, behave <
do as I say
>
2. a. get along, fare <
do well in school
>
b. to carry on business or affairs ; manage <
we can do without your help
>
3. to take place ; happen <
what's doing across the street
>
4. to come to or make an end ; finish — used in the past participle 5. to be active or busy <
let us then be up and doing — H. W. Longfellow
>
6. to be adequate or sufficient ; serve <
half of that will do
>
7. to be fitting ; conform to custom or propriety <
won't do to be late
>
8. — used as a substitute verb to avoid repetition <
wanted to run and play as children do
>
— used especially in British English following a modal auxiliary or perfective have <
a great many people had died, or would do — Bruce Chatwin
>
9. — used in the imperative after an imperative to add emphasis <
be quiet do
>
verbal auxiliary 1. a. — used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses in legal and parliamentary language <
do hereby bequeath
>
and in poetry <
give what she did crave — Shakespeare
>
b. — used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses in declarative sentences with inverted word order <
fervently do we pray — Abraham Lincoln
>
, in interrogative sentences <
did you hear that?
>
, and in negative sentences <
we don't know
>
<
don't go
>
2. — used with the infinitive without to to form present and past tenses expressing emphasis <
I do say
>
<
do be careful
>
doable adjective II. noun (plural dos or do's) Date: 1599 1. chiefly dialect fuss, ado 2. archaic deed, duty 3. a. a festive get-together ; affair, party b. chiefly British battle 4. a command or entreaty to do something <
a list of dos and don'ts
>
5. British cheat, swindle 6. hairdo III. noun Etymology: Italian Date: circa 1754 the first tone of the diatonic scale in solmization IV. abbreviation 1. ditto 2. double occupancy

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