What does Do mean?

Definitions for Do
du; unstressed dʊ, dədo

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Do.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bash, do, brawlnoun

    an uproarious party

  2. do, doh, utnoun

    the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization

  3. Doctor of Osteopathy, DOverb

    doctor's degree in osteopathy

  4. make, doverb

    engage in

    "make love, not war"; "make an effort"; "do research"; "do nothing"; "make revolution"

  5. perform, execute, doverb

    carry out or perform an action

    "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"

  6. do, performverb

    get (something) done

    "I did my job"

  7. do, fare, make out, come, get alongverb

    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"

  8. cause, do, makeverb

    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

    "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"

  9. practice, practise, exercise, doverb

    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

    "practice law"

  10. suffice, do, answer, serveverb

    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"

  11. do, makeverb

    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. act, behave, doverb

    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"

  13. serve, doverb

    spend time in prison or in a labor camp

    "He did six years for embezzlement"

  14. do, manageverb

    carry on or function

    "We could do with a little more help around here"

  15. dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffureverb

    arrange attractively

    "dress my hair for the wedding"

  16. doverb

    travel or traverse (a distance)

    "This car does 150 miles per hour"; "We did 6 miles on our hike every day"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DOverb

    preter. did; part. pass. done.

    Etymology: don , Sax. doen, Dut.

    Thou hast done evil above all that were before thee. 1 Kings.

    Flee evil, and do good. Psalms.

    They help, who hurt so small;
    And he hath nothing done, that doth not all. Samuel Daniel, C. War.

    Learn to live well, that thou may’st die so too;
    To live and die is all we have to do. John Denham.

    What is the reason a man’s arm won’t smile and frown, and do all the intellectual postures of the countenance? Collier.

    May one, that is a herald and a prince,
    Do a fair message to his kingly ears? William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cress.

    Pindarus is come
    To do you salutation from his master. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    A fatal plague which many did to dye. Edmund Spenser.

    Nought can quench mine inly flaming side,
    Nor sea of liquor cold, nor lake of mire,
    Nothing but death can do me to respire. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    The thing was not done in a corner. Acts xxvi. 26.

    If he did not care whether he had their love or no, he waved indifferently ’twixt doing them neither good nor harm. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame. William Shakespeare.

    If there be any good thing to be done,
    That may to thee do ease, and grace to me,
    Speak to me. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    ’Tis true, I did so; nor was it in vain:
    She did me right, and satisfy’d my vengeance. Nicholas Rowe.

    You do her too much honour: she hath neither sense nor taste, if she dares to refuse you. Jonathan Swift.

    What will ye do in the end thereof? Jer. v. 81.

    I know what God will do for me. Sa. xxii. 3.

    Acts of mercy done to the poor, shall then be accepted, and rewarded, as done to our Saviour himself. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Do thy diligence, to come shortly unto me. 2 Tim. iv. 9.

    No man, who hath to do with the king, will think himself safe, unless you be his good angel, and guide him. Francis Bacon.

    I have been deterred by an indisposition from having much to do with steams of so dangerous a nature. Boyle.

    What had I to do with kings and courts?
    My humble lot had cast me far beneath them. Nicholas Rowe.

    It is much, that a jest with a sad brow will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his shoulders. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    His queen, notwithstanding she had presented him with divers children, and with a crown also, though he would not acknowledge it, could do nothing with him. Francis Bacon, H. VII.

    Off with the crown, and with the crown his head;
    And whilst we breathe take him to do him dead. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    As for this mercy,
    Which he intends for Lear and for Cordelia,
    The battle done, and they within our power,
    Shall never see his pardon. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Go on to the reading of some part of the New Testament, not carelesly, or in haste, as if you had a mind to have done, but attentively, as to be able to give some account of what you have read. Brian Duppa.

    Gigantick hinds, as soon as work was done,
    To their huge pots of boiling pulse would run. John Dryden.

    When all is done, there is no man can serve his own interest better than by serving God. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Why, Warwick, who should do the duke to death? William Shakespeare.

    The lord Aubrey Vere,
    Was done to death? William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    Men are many times brought to that extremity, that if it were not for God, they would not know what to do with themselves, or how to enjoy themselves for one hour. John Tillotson.

  2. To Doverb

    Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the Lord, neither do they after the law and commandment which the Lord commanded the children of Jacob. 2 Kings.

    As every prince should govern as he would desire to be governed, so every subject ought to obey as he would desire to be obeyed, according to the maxim of doing as we would be done by. William Temple.

    You may ramble a whole day, and every moment discover something new; but when you have done, you will have but a confused notion of the place. Spectator, №. 47.

    No men would make use of disunited parties to destroy one body, unless they were sure to master them when they had done with them. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idol.

    I have done with Geoffrey Chaucer, when I have answered some objections. John Dryden, Fables, Pref.

    We have not yet done with assenting to propositions at first hearing, and understanding their terms. John Locke.

    Having done with such amusements, we give up what we cannot disown. Alexander Pope.

    Good woman, how do’st thou?
    ———— The better that it pleases your good worship to ask. William Shakespeare.

    Come, ’tis no matter; we shall do without him. Addison.

    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. Jeremy Collier, on Duelling.

    Thus painters Cupid paint, thus poets do
    A naked god, blind, young, with arrows two. Philip Sidney.

    If any thing in the world deserve our serious study and consideration, those principles of religion do. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Take all things which relax the veins; for what does so, prevents too vigorous a motion through the arteries. Arbuthn.

    If thou hast lost thy land, do not also lose thy constancy; and if thou must die a little sooner, yet do not die impatiently. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    I am ensnared;
    Heaven’s birdlime wraps me round, and glues my wings:
    —— Loose me. —— I will free thee.
    —— Do, and I’ll be thy slave. John Dryden, King Arthur.

    The Turks do acknowledge God the father, creator of heaven and earth, being the first person in the Trinity, though they deny the rest. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    This just reproach their virtue does excite;
    They stand, they join, they thicken to the fight. John Dryden, Æn.

    Expletives their feeble aid do join. Alexander Pope.

    Perdition catch my soul
    But I do love thee; and when I love thee not,
    Chaos is come again. William Shakespeare, Othello.


  1. do

    The word "do" is a verb that refers to performing or carrying out an action, task, or activity. It is typically used to indicate the execution of something, whether it be physical, mental, or abstract. It is a versatile verb that can be combined with other words to form different tenses and expressions, such as "doing," "did," "does," and "done."

  2. Do

    The term "do" has multiple meanings and can be used as a verb or a noun. As a verb, it refers to performing an action or carrying out a task. It can also indicate creating or completing something, fulfilling a requirement, or accomplishing a specific goal. As a noun, "do" can refer to a party, social gathering, or event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Donoun

    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

  2. Do

    to place; to put

  3. Do

    to cause; to make; -- with an infinitive

  4. Do

    to bring about; to produce, as an effect or result; to effect; to achieve

  5. Do

    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

  6. Do

    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

  7. Do

    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

  8. Do

    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

  9. Do

    to cheat; to gull; to overreach

  10. Do

    to see or inspect; to explore; as, to do all the points of interest

  11. Do

    to cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note

  12. Doverb

    to act or behave in any manner; to conduct one's self

  13. Doverb

    to fare; to be, as regards health; as, they asked him how he did; how do you do to-day?

  14. Doverb

    to succeed; to avail; to answer the purpose; to serve; as, if no better plan can be found, he will make this do

  15. Donoun

    deed; act; fear

  16. Donoun

    ado; bustle; stir; to do

  17. Donoun

    a cheat; a swindle

  18. Etymology: [Perh. a different word. OE. dugen, dowen, to avail, be of use, AS. dugan. See Doughty.]


  1. Do

    Do is the eponymous debut album of Dutch singer Do, including the singles "Heaven", "On and On", "Love Is Killing Me" and "Angel By My Side". Do co-wrote 4 songs on the album, "Closer To You", "Should I", "Selfish" and "I Believe In Love". It charted at #3 in the Netherlands. The album received a gold certification in the Netherlands for selling over 40,000 copies there.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Do

    dōō, v.t. to perform any action: to bring about or effect: to accomplish or finish: to prepare: to put or bring into any form or state: to cheat, swindle.—v.i. to act or behave:—pr.p. do′ing; pa.t. did; pa.p. done (dun).—In 'Do come,' 'I do love him,' Do is intensive; Do serves as substitute for other verbs to save repeating them (as in 'I didn't mean to speak, but if I do,' &c.).—n. endeavour, duty: a trick, hoax.—n. Do′-all, a factotum.—p.adj. Do′ing, active (as in 'Up and doing').—Do away with, to abolish, destroy; Do brown, to cook or roast to brownness: (slang) to make a fool of; Do for, to suit: to provide for: to ruin: (vulg.) to kill; Do into, to translate; Do Macbeth, &c., to represent that part in a play; Do one proud (coll.), to make one feel flattered; Do over, to do again: to cover over, as with paint; Do the city, to visit the sights of the city; Do to death, to murder; Do up, put up, make tidy, arrange, tie up, dress (linen): to utterly fatigue; Do well (to be angry), to be justified in being angry, &c.: to prosper; Do with, to make use of: to meddle with: to get on with; Do without, not to be dependent on, to dispense with.—Be done for, to be defeated or ruined.—Have done, desist; Have done with, to cease interest in; Have to do with, to have a connection with.—What's to do? what is the matter? [A.S. dón, dyde, gedón; Dut. doen, Ger. thun; conn. with Gr. tithenai, to put, place.]

  2. Do

    dōō, v.i. to fare or get on, as to health: to succeed: to suffice: to suit or avail (cf. 'This will do,' 'This will never do,' 'This will do for me well enough'). [Prov. Eng. dow, to avail, to be worth; from A.S. dugan, to be worth; Ger. taugen, to be strong, to be worth. See Doughty.]

  3. Do

    dō, n. the syllable or name for the first tone or keynote of the musical scale—the others being re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, initial syllables of lines in an old Latin hymn in honour of John the Baptist.

  4. Do

    dōō, n. same as Ado: (slang) a swindle.

Rap Dictionary

  1. donoun


  2. donoun

    Having sex.

  3. donoun

    Killing someone.

Editors Contribution

  1. do

    To create or design.

    They both loved to do things together as they loved each other's company.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Do is ranked #1159 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Do surname appeared 30,301 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 10 would have the surname Do.

    94.7% or 28,719 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.3% or 709 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 497 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 261 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.3% or 112 total occurrences were Black.
    0% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Do' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #52

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Do' in Written Corpus Frequency: #15

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Do' in Verbs Frequency: #3

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Do in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Do in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Do in a Sentence

  1. Andr Gide:

    Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.

  2. Bernard Baruch:

    Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.

  3. H.L. Mencken:

    Never let your inferiors do you a favor - it will be extremely costly.

  4. Bernard Baruch:

    Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.

  5. Vladimir Putin:

    They do not want to humiliate us, they want to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense, No one in history ever managed to achieve this with Russia, and no one ever will.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    • A. obligate
    • B. disturb
    • C. accompany
    • D. blur

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