- The definition of a doing is something being done or the process of getting something done.
An example of doing is completing homework.
A girl doing her homework.
- something done
- actions, events, etc.
- Dialectal social activities or a social event
- Performance of an act: a job not worth the doing.
- doingsa. Activities that go on every day: “A motley crew they are, their doings as dark as they are ludicrous” (John Simon).b. Social events and activities.
- Present participle of do.
Variant of do
transitive verbdid, done, doing
- to execute; effect; perform (an act, action, etc.): do great deeds
- to carry out; fulfill: do what I tell you
- to bring to completion; finish: dinner has been done for an hour
- to bring about; cause; produce: it does no harm; who did this to you?
- to exert (efforts, etc.): do your best
- to have or take (a meal): let's do lunch
- to deal with as is required; attend to: do the ironing, do one's nails or hair
- to have as one's work or occupation; work at or on: what does he do for a living?
- to work out; solve: do a problem
- to produce or appear in (a play, etc.): we did Hamlet
- to play the role of: I did Polonius
- Informal to imitate, or behave characteristically as: to do a Houdini
- to write or publish (a book), compose (a musical score), etc.
- to cover (distance): to do a mile in four minutes
- to move along at a speed of: to do 60 miles an hour
- to visit as a sightseer; tour: they did England in two months
- to translate: to do Horace into English
- to give; render: to do honor to the dead
- to suit; be convenient to: this will do me very well
- to prepare; cook: that restaurant does ribs really well
- to eat: let's do Mexican tonight
- Informal to cheat; swindle: you've been done
- Informal to serve (a jail term)
- Slang to take; ingest; use: we've never done drugs
- Slang to perform a sexual act upon; specif., to have sexual intercourse with
- Slang to kill
Origin of doMiddle English and amp; Old English don, akin to German tun, Old Saxon duan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhē-, to put, place, set from source Sanskrit dadhāmi, Classical Greek tithenai, to place, put, Classical Latin -dere (as in condere, to set down), facere, to do, make
- to act in a specified way; behave: he does well when treated well
- to be active; work: do; don't merely talk
- to finish: used in the perfect tense [have done with dreaming]
- to get along; fare: mother and child are doing well
- to be adequate or suitable; serve the purpose: the black dress will do
- to take place; go on: anything doing tonight?
- Chiefly Brit., Informal used as a substitute verb after a modal auxiliary or a form of have in a perfect tense: I haven't seen the film, but she may have done
- used to give emphasis, or as a legal convention: do stay a while, do hereby enjoin
- used to ask a question: did you write?
- used to serve as part of a negative command or statement: do not go, they do not like it
- used to serve as a substitute verb: love me as I do (love) you
- used to form inverted constructions after some adverbs: little did he realize
do a deal
- to criticize, belittle, or demean; disparage
- to gain advantage over, as by deception
- Slang to kill
- Informal to tire out; exhaust
do's and don'ts
- Informal to prepare
- to wrap up; tie up; fasten
- to arrange (the hair) so that it is off the neck and shoulders
do up right
do oneself well
Origin of domodeled on Ger sich gütlich tun
have to do with
- to be related to or connected with
- to be associated with; deal with