do Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an uproarious party
    bash; brawl.
  2. noun the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
    doh; ut.
  3. noun doctor's degree in osteopathy
    Doctor of Osteopathy.
  4. verb engage in
    • make love, not war
    • make an effort
    • do research
    • do nothing
    • make revolution
  5. verb carry out or perform an action
    perform; execute.
    • John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters
    • the skater executed a triple pirouette
    • she did a little dance
  6. verb get (something) done
    • I did my job
  7. verb proceed or get along
    fare; make out; come; get along.
    • How is she doing in her new job?
    • How are you making out in graduate school?
    • He's come a long way
  8. verb give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
    make; cause.
    • cause a commotion
    • make a stir
    • cause an accident
  9. verb carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
    practise; practice; exercise.
    • practice law
  10. verb be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    answer; suffice; serve.
    • A few words would answer
    • This car suits my purpose well
    • Will $100 do?
    • A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school
    • Nothing else will serve
  11. verb create or design, often in a certain way
    • Do my room in blue
    • I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest
  12. verb behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    behave; act.
    • You should act like an adult
    • Don't behave like a fool
    • What makes her do this way?
    • The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
  13. verb spend time in prison or in a labor camp
    • He did six years for embezzlement
  14. verb carry on or function
    • We could do with a little more help around here
  15. verb arrange attractively
    set; coiffe; coif; coiffure; dress; arrange.
    • dress my hair for the wedding
  16. verb travel or traverse (a distance)
    • This car does 150 miles per hour
    • We did 6 miles on our hike every day


Do noun
  1. (Mus.) A syllable attached to the first tone of the major diatonic scale for the purpose of solmization, or solfeggio. It is the first of the seven syllables used by the Italians as manes of musical tones, and replaced, for the sake of euphony, the syllable Ut, applied to the note C. In England and America the same syllables are used by mane as a scale pattern, while the tones in respect to absolute pitch are named from the first seven letters of the alphabet.
Do transitive verbauxiliary
AS. dn; akin to D. doen, OS. duan, OHG. tuon, G. thun, Lith. deti, OSlav. dti, OIr. dénim I do, Gr. to put, Skr. dha, and to E. suffix -dom, and prob. to L. facere to do, E. fact, and perh. to L. -dere in some compounfds, as addere to add, credere to trust. Cf. Deed, Deem, Doom, Fact, Creed, Theme.
imperfect Din p p Done present participle & verbal noun Doing This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus: I do, thou doest () or dost , he does (), doeth (), or doth (); when auxiliary, the second person is, thou dost As an independent verb, dost is obsolete or rare, except in poetry "What dost thou in this world?" Milton The form doeth is adjective verb unlimited, doth, formerly so used, now being the auxiliary form The second person, singular , imperfect tense, is didst (), formerly didest ()
  1. To place; to put. Obs. Tale of a Usurer (about 1330).
  2. To cause; to make; -- with an infinitive. Obs.
    My lord Abbot of Westminster did do shewe to me late certain evidences. W. Caxton.
    I shall . . . your cloister do make. Piers Plowman.
    A fatal plague which many did to die. Spenser.
    We do you to wit [i. e., We make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia. 2 Cor. viii. 1.
    ✍ We have lost the idiom shown by the citations (do used like the French faire or laisser), in which the verb in the infinitive apparently, but not really, has a passive signification, i. e., cause . . . to be made.
  3. To bring about; to produce, as an effect or result; to effect; to achieve.
    The neglecting it may do much danger. Shak.
    He waved indifferently' twixt doing them neither good not harm. Shak.
  4. To perform, as an action; to execute; to transact to carry out in action; as, to do a good or a bad act; do our duty; to do what I can.
    Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work. Ex. xx. 9.
    We did not do these things. Ld. Lytton.
    You can not do wrong without suffering wrong. Emerson.
    Hence: To do homage, honor, favor, justice, etc., to render homage, honor, etc.
  5. To bring to an end by action; to perform completely; to finish; to accomplish; -- a sense conveyed by the construction, which is that of the past participle done. "Ere summer half be done." "I have done weeping." Shak.
  6. To make ready for an object, purpose, or use, as food by cooking; to cook completely or sufficiently; as, the meat is done on one side only.
  7. To put or bring into a form, state, or condition, especially in the phrases, to do death, to put to death; to slay; to do away (often do away with), to put away; to remove; to do on, to put on; to don; to do off, to take off, as dress; to doff; to do into, to put into the form of; to translate or transform into, as a text.
    Done to death by slanderous tongues. Shak.
    The ground of the difficulty is done away. Paley.
    Suspicions regarding his loyalty were entirely done away. Thackeray.
    To do on our own harness, that we may not; but we must do on the armor of God. Latimer.
    Then Jason rose and did on him a fair Blue woolen tunic. W. Morris (Jason).
    Though the former legal pollution be now done off, yet there is a spiritual contagion in idolatry as much to be shunned. Milton.
    It ["Pilgrim's Progress"] has been done into verse: it has been done into modern English. Macaulay.
  8. To cheat; to gull; to overreach. Colloq.
    He was not be done, at his time of life, by frivolous offers of a compromise that might have secured him seventy-five per cent. De Quincey.
  9. To see or inspect; to explore; as, to do all the points of interest. Colloq.
  10. (Stock Exchange) To cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note. (a) Do and did are much employed as auxiliaries, the verb to which they are joined being an infinitive. As an auxiliary the verb do has no participle. "I do set my bow in the cloud." Gen. ix. 13. Now archaic or rare except for emphatic assertion.
    Rarely . . . did the wrongs of individuals to the knowledge of the public. Macaulay.
    (b) They are often used in emphatic construction. "You don't say so, Mr. Jobson. -- but I do say so." Sir W. Scott. "I did love him, but scorn him now." Latham. (c) In negative and interrogative constructions, do and did are in common use. I do not wish to see them; what do you think? Did Cæsar cross the Tiber? He did not. "Do you love me?" Shak. (d) Do, as an auxiliary, is supposed to have been first used before imperatives. It expresses entreaty or earnest request; as, do help me. In the imperative mood, but not in the indicative, it may be used with the verb to be; as, do be quiet. Do, did, and done often stand as a general substitute or representative verb, and thus save the repetition of the principal verb. "To live and die is all we have to do." Denham. In the case of do and did as auxiliaries, the sense may be completed by the infinitive (without to) of the verb represented. "When beauty lived and died as flowers do now." Shak. "I . . . chose my wife as she did her wedding gown." Goldsmith.
    My brightest hopes giving dark fears a being. As the light does the shadow. Longfellow.
    In unemphatic affirmative sentences do is, for the most part, archaic or poetical; as, "This just reproach their virtue does excite." Dryden.
Do intransitive verb
  1. To act or behave in any manner; to conduct one's self.
    They fear not the Lord, neither do they after . . . the law and commandment. 2 Kings xvii. 34.
  2. To fare; to be, as regards health; as, they asked him how he did; how do you do to-day?
  3. Perh. a different word. OE. dugen, dowen, to avail, be of use, AS. dugan. See Doughty. To succeed; to avail; to answer the purpose; to serve; as, if no better plan can be found, he will make this do.
    You would do well to prefer a bill against all kings and parliaments since the Conquest; and if that won't do; challenge the crown. Collier.
Do noun
  1. Deed; act; fear. Obs. Sir W. Scott.
  2. Ado; bustle; stir; to do. R.
    A great deal of do, and a great deal of trouble. Selden.
  3. A cheat; a swindle. Slang, Eng.

Webster 1913