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Main Entry: 1do
Pronunciation: 'dü
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): did /'did, d&d/; done /'d&n/; do·ing /'dü-i[ng]/; does /'d&z/
Etymology: Middle English don, from Old English dOn; 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'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>
- do·able /'dü-&-b&l/ adjective
- do a number on : to defeat or confound thoroughly especially by indirect or deceptive means
- do away with
1 : to put an end to : ABOLISH
2 : to put to death : KILL
- do by : to deal with : TREAT
- do for chiefly British
1 : to attend to the wants and needs of : take care of
2 : to bring about the death or ruin of
- do it : to have sexual intercourse
- do justice
1 a : to act justly b : to treat fairly or adequately c : to show due appreciation for
2 : to acquit in a way worthy of one's abilities
- do proud : to give cause for pride or gratification <she did herself proud>
- do the trick : to produce a desired result
- do with : to make good use of : benefit by <could do with a cup of coffee>
- to do : necessary to be done <I've done my best and all's to do again -- A. E. Housman>