Definitions for: Do


[n] doctor's degree in osteopathy
[n] the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
[n] an uproarious party
[v] behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "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"
[v] arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding"
[v] 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"
[v] give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
[v] to act or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"
[v] travel or traverse (a distance) "This car does 150 miles per hour"; "We did 6 miles on our hike every day"
[v] carry on or manage; "We could do with a little more help around here"
[v] engage in; "make love, not war"; "make an effort"; "do research"; "do nothing"; "make revolution"
[v] get (something) done; "I did my job"
[v] carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"
[v] proceed or get along; "How is she doing in her new job?"; "How are you making out in graduate school?"; "He's come a long way"
[v] be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "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"
[v] spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement"



Webster (1913) Definition: Do., n.
An abbreviation of Ditto.


Do (d[=o]), n. (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, v. t. or auxiliary. [imp. Din; p. p. Done; p. pr. &
vb. n. 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 As an independent verb, dost is
obsolete or rare, except in poetry.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 a verb unlimited, doth,
formerly so used, now being the auxiliary form. The second
pers, sing., imperfect tense, is didst (?), formerly didest
(?).] [AS. d?n; akin to D. doen, OS. duan, OHG. tuon, G.
thun, Lith. deti, OSlav. d?ti, OIr. d['e]nim I do, Gr. ? to
put, Skr. dh[=a], 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.]
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.

Note: 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.

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 C[ae]sar 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.

To do one's best, To do one's diligence (and the like),
to exert one's self; to put forth one's best or most or
most diligent efforts. ``We will . . . do our best to gain
their assent.'' --Jowett (Thucyd.).

To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] --Wycherley.

To do one shame, to cause one shame. [Obs.]

To do over.
(a) To make over; to perform a second time.
(b) To cover; to spread; to smear. ``Boats . . . sewed
together and done over with a kind of slimy stuff
like rosin.'' --De Foe.

To do to death, to put to death. (See 7.) [Obs.]

To do up.
(a) To put up; to raise. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
(b) To pack together and envelop; to pack up.
(c) To accomplish thoroughly. [Colloq.]
(d) To starch and iron. ``A rich gown of velvet, and a
ruff done up with the famous yellow starch.''
--Hawthorne.

To do way, to put away; to lay aside. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

To do with, to dispose of; to make use of; to employ; --
usually preceded by what. ``Men are many times brought to
that extremity, that were it not for God they would not
know what to do with themselves.'' --Tillotson.

To have to do with, to have concern, business or
intercourse with; to deal with. When preceded by what, the
notion is usually implied that the affair does not concern
the person denoted by the subject of have. ``Philology has
to do with language in its fullest sense.'' --Earle.
``What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? --2 Sam.
xvi. 10.


Do, v. i.
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.

To do by. See under By.

To do for.
(a) To answer for; to serve as; to suit.
(b) To put an end to; to ruin; to baffle completely; as, a
goblet is done for when it is broken. [Colloq.]

Some folks are happy and easy in mind when their
victim is stabbed and done for. --Thackeray.

To do withal, to help or prevent it. [Obs.] ``I could not
do withal.'' --Shak.

To do without, to get along without; to dispense with.

To have done, to have made an end or conclusion; to have
finished; to be quit; to desist.

To have done with, to have completed; to be through with;
to have no further concern with.

Well to do, in easy circumstances.


Do, n.
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.]


Do, v. t.
1. To perform work upon, about, for, or at, by way of caring
for, looking after, preparing, cleaning, keeping in order,
or the like.

The sergeants seem to do themselves pretty well.
--Harper's
Mag.

2. To deal with for good and all; to finish up; to undo; to
ruin; to do for. [Colloq. or Slang]

Sometimes they lie in wait in these dark streets,
and fracture his skull, . . . or break his arm, or
cut the sinew of his wrist; and that they call doing
him. --Charles
Reade.

Synonyms: act, answer, arrange, bash, behave, brawl, cause, coif, coiffe, coiffure, come, Doctor of Osteopathy, doh, dress, execute, exercise, fare, get along, make, make, make out, manage, perform, perform, practice, practise, serve, set, suffice, ut

Antonyms: undo, unmake

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