Do - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |duː|  American pronunciation of the word do
Brit.  |duː|  British pronunciation of the word do
irregular verb:  p.t. — did  p.p. — done


- an uproarious party (syn: bash, brawl)
- the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
- doctor's degree in osteopathy


- engage in (syn: make)
do research
do nothing
- carry out or perform an action (syn: execute, perform)
- get (something) done (syn: perform)
- proceed or get along (syn: come, fare, get along, make out)
How is she doing in her new job?
- give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally (syn: cause, make)
- carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions (syn: exercise, practice, practise)
- be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity (syn: answer, serve, suffice)
Will $100 do?
A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school
- create or design, often in a certain way (syn: make)
- behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself (syn: act, behave)
What makes her do this way?
The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
- spend time in prison or in a labor camp (syn: serve)
- carry on or function (syn: manage)
We could do with a little more help around here
- arrange attractively (syn: arrange, coif, coiffure, dress, set)
- travel or traverse (a distance)
This car does 150 miles per hour

Extra examples

We should do something special to celebrate your birthday.

This crime was done deliberately.

I have to do some chores this afternoon.

Tell me what to do and I'll do it.

I'm obliged to do my duty.

He does his work without complaining.

He did a lot for us.

What have I done to you to make you so angry?

What is the stock market doing now: rising or falling?

“What are you doing this weekend?” “I'm just relaxing at home.”

No sooner said than done.

No sooner thought upon than done.

She did her best to win the race.

I shall do my utmost to serve her.

You have but to say, and they will do.

Phrasal verbs

do by  — interact in a certain way
do in  — get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
do up  — wrap for decorative purposes

Word forms

I/you/we/they: do
he/she/it: does
present participle: doing
past tense: did
past participle: done
singular: do
plural: dos
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