/dooh/ ; unstressed /doo, deuh/ , v. and auxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st pers. do , 2nd do or ( Archaic ) doest or dost , 3rd does or ( Archaic ) doeth or doth , pres. pl. do; past sing. 1st pers. did , 2nd did or ( Archaic ) didst , 3rd did , past pl. did; past part. done; pres. part. doing; n. , pl. dos, do's .
1. to perform (an act, duty, role, etc.): Do nothing until you hear the bell.
2. to execute (a piece or amount of work): to do a hauling job.
3. to accomplish; finish; complete: He has already done his homework.
4. to put forth; exert: Do your best.
5. to be the cause of (good, harm, credit, etc.); bring about; effect.
6. to render, give, or pay (homage, justice, etc.).
7. to deal with, fix, clean, arrange, move, etc., (anything) as the case may require: to do the dishes.
8. to travel; traverse: We did 30 miles today.
9. to serve; suffice for: This will do us for the present.
10. to condone or approve, as by custom or practice: That sort of thing simply isn't done.
11. to travel at the rate of (a specified speed): He was doing 80 when they arrested him.
12. to make or prepare: I'll do the salad.
13. to serve (a term of time) in prison, or, sometimes, in office.
14. to create, form, or bring into being: She does wonderful oil portraits.
15. to translate into or change the form or language of: MGM did the book into a movie.
16. to study or work at or in the field of: I have to do my math tonight.
17. to explore or travel through as a sightseer: They did Greece in three weeks.
18. (used with a pronoun, as it or that, or with a general noun, as thing, that refers to a previously mentioned action): You were supposed to write thank-you letters; do it before tomorrow, please.
19. Informal. to wear out; exhaust; tire: That last set of tennis did me.
20. Informal. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of: That crooked dealer did him for $500 at poker.
21. Informal. to attend or participate in: Let's do lunch next week.
22. Slang. to use (a drug or drugs), esp. habitually: The police report said he was doing cocaine.
23. to act or conduct oneself; be in action; behave.
24. Slang. to rob; steal from: The law got him for doing a lot of banks.
25. to proceed: to do wisely.
26. to get along; fare; manage: to do without an automobile.
27. to be in health, as specified: Mother and child are doing fine.
28. to serve or be satisfactory, as for the purpose; be enough; suffice: Will this do?
29. to finish or be finished.
30. to happen; take place; transpire: What's doing at the office?
31. (used as a substitute to avoid repetition of a verb or full verb expression): I think as you do.
32. (used in interrogative, negative, and inverted constructions): Do you like music? I don't care. Seldom do we witness such catastrophes.
33. Archaic. (used in imperatives with you or thou expressed; and occasionally as a metric filler in verse): Do thou hasten to the king's side. The wind did blow, the rain did fall.
34. (used to lend emphasis to a principal verb): Do visit us!
35. do a number on (someone) . See number (def. 27).
36. do away with ,
a. to put an end to; abolish.
b. to kill.
37. do by , to deal with; treat: He had always done well by his family.
38. do for ,
a. to cause the defeat, ruin, or death of.
b. Chiefly Brit. to cook and keep house for; manage or provide for.
39. do in , Informal.
a. to kill, esp. to murder.
b. to injure gravely or exhaust; wear out; ruin: The tropical climate did them in.
c. to cheat or swindle: He was done in by an unscrupulous broker.
40. do one proud . See proud (def. 11).
41. do one's number . See number (def. 28).
42. do one's ( own ) thing . See thing 1 (def. 17).
43. do or die , to make a supreme effort.
44. do out of , Informal. to swindle; cheat: A furniture store did me out of several hundred dollars.
45. do over , to redecorate.
46. do time , Informal. to serve a term in prison: It's hard to get a decent job once you've done time.
47. do to death . See death (def. 15).
48. do up , Informal.
a. to wrap and tie up.
b. to pin up or arrange (the hair).
c. to renovate; launder; clean.
d. to wear out; tire.
e. to fasten: Do up your coat.
f. to dress: The children were all done up in funny costumes.
49. do with , to gain advantage or benefit from; make use of: I could do with more leisure time.
50. do without ,
a. to forgo; dispense with.
b. to dispense with the thing mentioned: The store doesn't have any, so you'll have to do without.
51. have to do with . See have (def. 36).
52. make do , to get along with what is at hand, despite its inadequacy: I can't afford a new coat so I have to make do with this one.
53. Informal. a burst of frenzied activity; action; commotion.
54. Informal. a hairdo or hair styling.
55. Brit. Slang. a swindle; hoax.
56. Chiefly Brit. a festive social gathering; party.
57. dos and don'ts , customs, rules, or regulations: The dos and don'ts of polite manners are easy to learn.
[ bef. 900; ME, OE don; c. D doen, G tun; akin to L -dere to put, facere to make, do, Gk tithénai to set, put, Skt dadhati (he) puts ]
Syn. 1, 25. act. 3. DO, ACCOMPLISH, ACHIEVE mean to bring some action to a conclusion. DO is the general word: He did a great deal of hard work. ACCOMPLISH and ACHIEVE both connote successful completion of an undertaking. ACCOMPLISH emphasizes attaining a desired goal through effort, skill, and perseverance: to accomplish what one has hoped for. ACHIEVE emphasizes accomplishing something important, excellent, or great: to achieve a major breakthrough.
/doh/ , n. , pl. dos . Music.
1. the syllable used for the first tone or keynote of a diatonic scale.
2. (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone C. Cf. sol-fa (def. 1), ut .
[ 1745-55; ut; see GAMUT ]