What does do mean?

Definitions for do
du; unstressed dʊ, dədo

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word do.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bash, do, brawl(noun)

    an uproarious party

  2. do, doh, ut(noun)

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

  3. Doctor of Osteopathy, DO(verb)

    doctor's degree in osteopathy

  4. make, do(verb)

    engage in

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

  5. perform, execute, do(verb)

    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, perform(verb)

    get (something) done

    "I did my job"

  7. do, fare, make out, come, get along(verb)

    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, make(verb)

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

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

  9. practice, practise, exercise, do(verb)

    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

    "practice law"

  10. suffice, do, answer, serve(verb)

    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, make(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. act, behave, do(verb)

    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, do(verb)

    spend time in prison or in a labor camp

    "He did six years for embezzlement"

  14. do, manage(verb)

    carry on or function

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

  15. dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure(verb)

    arrange attractively

    "dress my hair for the wedding"

  16. do(verb)

    travel or traverse (a distance)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Do(noun)

    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. Do(verb)

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

  13. Do(verb)

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

  14. Do(verb)

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

  15. Do(noun)

    deed; act; fear

  16. Do(noun)

    ado; bustle; stir; to do

  17. Do(noun)

    a cheat; a swindle

  18. Origin: [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.

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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

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