do

Definitions

  • "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
    "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v do 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 do arrange attractively "dress my hair for the wedding"
    • v do 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 do give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally "cause a commotion","make a stir","cause an accident"
    • v do 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"
    • v do travel or traverse (a distance) "This car does 150 miles per hour","We did 6 miles on our hike every day"
    • v do carry on or function "We could do with a little more help around here"
    • v do engage in "make love, not war","make an effort","do research","do nothing","make revolution"
    • v do get (something) done "I did my job"
    • v do carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions "practice law"
    • v do 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 do 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 do spend time in prison or in a labor camp "He did six years for embezzlement"
    • n DO doctor's degree in osteopathy
    • n do the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
    • n do an uproarious party
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'I don't know what to do!'" "'I don't know what to do!'"
"'Please do not shoot me!'" "'Please do not shoot me!'"
do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30 do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30
TO DO IT TO DO IT
"'WHAT THE MISCHIEF ARE YOU DOING IN MY PEAR TREE?'" "'WHAT THE MISCHIEF ARE YOU DOING IN MY PEAR TREE?'"
HEAVENS AND EARTH! FRANK; WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW HEAVENS AND EARTH! FRANK; WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW
THE EVIL THAT MEN DO THE EVIL THAT MEN DO
And what do you think of Lloyd George And what do you think of Lloyd George

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goats do not have upper front teeth
    • Do A cheat; a swindle.
    • n Do (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 many as a scale pattern, while the tones in respect to absolute pitch are named from the first seven letters of the alphabet.
    • Do Ado; bustle; stir; to do. "A great deal of do , and a great deal of trouble."
    • Do Deed; act; fear.
    • Do 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."
    • do To bring about; to produce, as an effect or result; to effect; to achieve. "The neglecting it may do much danger.""He waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good not harm."
    • 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. "Ere summer half be done .""I have done weeping."
    • do (Stock Exchange) To cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note.
    • do To cause; to make; -- with an infinitive. "My lord Abbot of Westminster did do shewe to me late certain evidences.""I shall . . . your cloister do make.""A fatal plague which many did to die.""We do you to wit [i. e., We make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia."
    • do To cheat; to gull; to overreach. "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."
    • do To deal with for good and all; to finish up; to undo; to ruin; to do for. "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."
    • Do To fare; to be, as regards health; as, they asked him how he did; how do you do to-day?
    • 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.
    • do 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."
    • 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. "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work.""We did not do these things.""You can not do wrong without suffering wrong."
    • do To place; to put.
    • 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 awayoften 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.""The ground of the difficulty is done away .""Suspicions regarding his loyalty were entirely done away .""To do on our own harness, that we may not; but we must do on the armor of God.""Then Jason rose and did on him a fair
      Blue woolen tunic."
      "Though the former legal pollution be now done off , yet there is a spiritual contagion in idolatry as much to be shunned.""It [“Pilgrim's Progress”] has been done into verse: it has been done into modern English."
    • do To see or inspect; to explore; as, to do all the points of interest.
    • Do 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Reptiles do not perspire, and do not have any oil glands
    • do To put; place; lay. [The use of the word in this sense is now obsolete, except in combination with certain adverbs in some idiomatic phrases, as do away, do away with, do up. (See phrases below.) In composition it appears in the existing words don (do on) and doff (do off), and in the obsolete words dout (do out) and dup (do up). All the examples given show obsolete uses except the fourth and last: do to death has held its ground in literature as an archaic expression.]
    • do To perform; execute; achieve; carry out; effect by action or exertion; bring to pass by procedure of any kind: as, he has nothing to do; to do a man's work; to do errands; to do good.
    • do To treat or act in regard to (an object) so as to perform or effect the action required by the nature of the case: as, to do (transact) business with one; to do (dress) the hair; to do (cook) the meat thoroughly; to do (visit and see the sights of) a country; do (trim) my beard first; be sure and do (make) the shoes first; to do (work out) a problem in arithmetic. In this use, do is the most comprehensive of verbs, as it may assert any kind of action.
    • do To perform some act imparting or causing (some effect or result), or manifesting (some intention, purpose, or feeling); afford or cause by action, or as a consequence of action; cause; effect; render; offer; show: with a direct object, and an indirect object preceded by to or for, or itself preceding the direct object: as, to do good to one's neighbor; to do reverence to a superior; to do a favor for a friend; to do homage for land, as a vassal; he has done you a great favor; to do a patron honor or credit; to do a person harm or wrong.
    • do To bring to a conclusion; complete; finish: as, the business being done, the meeting adjourned.
    • do To deliver; convey.
    • do To impart; give; grant; afford.
    • do To serve.
    • do To put forth; use in effecting something; exert: as, I will do my endeavor in your behalf; do your best.
    • do To cause; make: with an object and an infinitive: as, “do him come,” Paston Letters, 1474-85 (that is, cause him to come).
    • do To cause: with an infinitive (without to): as, he did make (that is, he caused to make); “to do make a castell,” Palsgrave, 1530 (that is, to cause to make a castle, or to cause a castle to be made or erected).
    • do To hoax; cheat; swindle; humbug; overreach: as, to do a man out of his money.
    • do To outdo, as in fighting; beat; overcome.
    • do To put away; remove; annul; abolish; obliterate: now usually in the form to do away with.
    • do To coat, as with paint; smear.
    • do To wrap and tie up, as a parcel: as, do up these books neatly, and send them off at once.
    • do To dress and fasten, as the hair.
    • do To freshen, as a room with paint, paper, and upholstery, or a garment by remodeling.
    • do To iron, or starch and iron: as, a laundress who does up muslins well.
    • do To have concern or business with; deal with; get on with: as, I can do nothing with this obstinate fellow.
    • do To act; be in action; be active in performing or accomplishing; exert one's self in relation to something.
    • do To act or behave; conduct one's self: with adverbial adjuncts indicating manner of acting: as, to do well by a man.
    • do To succeed (well or ill) in some undertaking or action; get along; come through.
    • do To arrange; contrive; shift: as, how shall we do for food?
    • do [Cf. the equiv. OF. comment le faites-vous? lit. how do you make it? G. was machen sie? lit. what make you? The sense of do in this usage merges in do. See do, dow.] To be (well or ill); be in a state with regard to sickness or health; fare: as, we asked him how he did; how do you do?
    • do To ruin; defeat effectually; injure fatally.
    • do As an auxiliary, do is inflected, while the principal verb is in the infinitive without to, and originally and strictly the object of do: thus, I do know is I perform an act of knowing. Compare shall and will.
    • do Certain uses of do as an auxiliary, with both transitive and intransitive verbs, may be pointed out.
    • do In forming interrogative and negative expressions: as, do you want this book? I do not long for it; does he do his work well? he does not do it as well as I expected.
    • do With the imperative, sometimes, to help the expression of the subject: as, do thou go (instead of go, or go thou); do you stay here (instead of stay, or stay you here).
    • do To express emphasis: as, I do wish you had seen him; I did see him; do be quick; do not (don't) do that.
    • do Sometimes (now chiefly in poetry, where it is often used for merely metrical reasons, but formerly often in prose) merely as an inflection of the principal verb, with no other effect.
    • do Do, being capable of denoting any kind of action required by the circumstances in connection with which it is used, is often employed as a substitute for the principal verb, or for the whole clause directly dependent upon it, to avoid repetition: as, conduct your business on sound principles; so long as you do, you are safe. In such an expression there is an ellipsis either of the principal verb or of this, that, these things, so, etc.: as, I intend to come, but if I do not you will know how to act; so long as you do (so), you are safe.
    • n do Endeavor; duty; all that is required of one, or that one can do.
    • n do To-do; bustle; tumult; stir; fuss.
    • n do A trick; a cheat; a hoax.
    • do To suit; be fit or suitable; serve the purpose or end in view; avail; suffice: as, will this do?
    • do An old English form of done, past participle of do.
    • n do In solmization, the syllable now commonly used for the first tone or key-note of the musical scale, and also for the tone C (as the key-note of the typical scale of the pianoforte keyboard). About 1670 it replaced the Aretinian ut, which is still somewhat used in France. In the tonic sol-fa system it is spelled doh, and indicated by its initial d; its significance is limited to the first tone of the scale, without reference to the keyboard. In teaching sight-singing by the help of solmization, two general methods are in use: the fixed-do method, in which do is always applied to tones bearing the letter-name C, whether they are key-notes or not; and
    • n do An abbreviation of ditto.
    • n do In petrography, in the quantitative system of classification (see rock), a prefix used in forming words, denoting that one constituent or group of constituents dominates another within the ratios .
    • n do An abbreviation of the Latin Datur omnibus mori, ‘it is given unto all to die’
    • n do of the Latin Deo Optimo Maximo, ‘to the best and highest God.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, it is estimated that females injure themselves ten time more than males do while playing sports
    • v.t Do dōō 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 Do 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 Do endeavour, duty: a trick, hoax
    • v.i Do dōō 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').
    • n Do 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.
    • n Do dōō same as Ado:
    • n Do dōō (slang) a swindle.
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Quotations

  • Dr. Jonas Salk
    Dr. Jonas Salk
    “I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”
  • Dennis Weaver
    Dennis Weaver
    “To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.”
  • Julia Woodruff
    Julia Woodruff
    “Out of the strain of doing and into the peace of the done.”
  • William J. Durant
    William%20J.%20Durant
    “Never mind your happiness; do your duty.”
  • Reiko Horton
    Reiko Horton
    “Don't think, just do.”
  • David Letterman
    David Letterman
    “Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing.”

Idioms

Can't do it for toffee - If you can't so something for toffee, you are incapable of doing something properly or to any sort of standard.
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Derring-do - If a person shows derring-do, they show great courage.
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Do a Devon Loch - (UK) If someone does a Devon Loch, they fail when they were very close to winning. Devon Loch was a horse that collapsed just short of the winning line of the Grand National race.
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Do a Lord Lucan - (UK) If someone disappears without a trace or runs off, they do a Lord Lucan. (Lord Lucan disappeared after a murder)
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Do a runner - (UK) If people leave a restaurant without paying, they do a runner.
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Do as you would be done by - Treat and respect others as you would hope to be respected and treated by them.
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Do the needful - (India) If you do the needful, you do what is necessary.
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Do the running - (UK) The person who has to do the running has to make sure that things get done. ('Make the running' is also used.)
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Do the trick - If something does the trick, it is was is needed or has the necessary effect.
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Do their dirty work - Someone who does someone's dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn't want to do. Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a 'henchman'.
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Do time - (UK) When someone is doing time, they are in prison.
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Do's and don't's - The do's and don't's are what is acceptable or allowed or not within an area or issue, etc.
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How do you like them apples - (USA) This idiomatic expression is used to express surprise or shock at something that has happened. It can also be used to boast about something you have done.
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Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing - If the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, then communication within a company, organisation, group, etc, is so bad that people don't know what the others are doing.
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Monkey see, monkey do - This idiom means that children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see happening around them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. dōn,; akin to D. doen, OS. duan, OHG. tuon, G. thun, Lith. deti, OSlav. dēti, OIr. dénim, I do, Gr. tiqe`nai to put, Skr. dhā, and to E. suffix -dom, and prob. to L. facere, to do, E. fact, and perh. to L. -dere, in some compounds, as addere, to add, credere, to trust. √65. Cf. Deed Deem Doom Fact Creed Theme

Usage

In literature:

I do not know whether you then responded to that wish, but I believe I may take it for granted that you do not do so now.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
But you'll do better for them than any living woman could do.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I should like Flora and Amelia to know one another, and I do not think they do at all.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
But I do not envy those who have it to do.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
I do not intend to be lectured into or intimidated from doing any thing which my judgment tells me I should not do, or should do.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
And that is the measure of what God can do with me, and wishes to do with me, if I will let Him.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
What do you propose to do in the matter, gentlemen?
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
And if you do not do anything but interest yourself in music, you must have a great deal of money.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It just showed what one strong man could do; and he would do it.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Everybody is doing it now; but I don't think I'd do it for ten times the money.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Do you do anything for them?
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Your flocks do not believe, do not pray, do not listen to you.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
And they sing and pray gladly, because they are blessed and do not suffer, as we do.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
I do not for a moment doubt that your lordship will do what is right in the matter.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The Greeks, then, do not give passion, do not give character, do not give refined or naive beauty.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Do not get down yet, for if you do, then I shall be lifeless, as you have seen me in the Porta Rosa.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
And, to do them justice, these boys have no idea of tempting us to do anything else.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Everything you do, you may do for Him; for He has given it to you to do for Him.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Rather than be bribed into doing what I mean to do anyhow I'll not do it at all.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
What do they expect them to do at home?
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

Living is
a thing you do
now or never -
which do you?
"Living Is -" by Piet Hein
What to do
To keep from being lonely
Want her only
What to do
"What To Do" by Buddy Holly
What to do
Now that she doesn't want me
That's what haunts me
What to do
"What To Do" by Buddy Holly
He must do what he
must do, he has a wife, a house, children.
expenses, most probably
a girlfriend.
"Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski
I am not that which I do praise;
I do not that I say;
I sit a talker in the ways,
A dreamer in the day!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Do his people like him extremely well?
Or do they, whenever they can, rebel,
or PLOT,
At the Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear

In news:

While there may not be much you can do about other people's driving skills, there is something you can do about your own.
Agencies doing job they already paid FPS to do.
CBS News correspondent Chip Reid reports that some veterans are making remarkable progress, thanks to volunteers who get them to focus on what they can do, instead of what they can't do.
For almost half a century, Europe has depended on imported labor to do the kind of menial jobs its own people don't want to do -- so much so that, today, the population of France is almost 10 percent Muslim.
You can enter a primal, wild space where you sometimes do things you might not normally do, like squeeze turds between your fingers to see how fresh they are.
Do-it-yourselfers do the darnedest things.
"I think we will try to do what is the best thing to do to move the ball," he said.
And while it may be easy to discuss what Obama needs to do in order to be re-elected, there are several things he should not do.
Fuzz died naturally while doing what he loved to do, working on the family farm with family close by.
He was a hard worker and always went by the motto, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right".
Do you think a private company can do a better job of running a nursing home than county government.
"We do this because it's the right thing to do," said Peter Krull, plant manager at the Albert City Valero plant, about the community volunteerism that most employees there participate in.
You know how it is sometimes, when you're doing something and part of yourself is doing it and the other part of yourself is levitating about a foot over your head watching what you're doing and saying, "Oh, this is going to be bad.".
Men do everything they do in order to get laid III.
Among the goodies, from my son and daughter-in-law, was a bag of plastic doohickeys that do things the vast majority of people — including me — don't need to do.
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In science:

Clearly, such type of actions is inappropriate as they do not contain space-time derivatives of dynamical fields and therefore do not set a nontrivial dynamics.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
We do not put any restriction to the vectors belonging to VA : they can represent wave– functions with or without tails, more or less localized in space, and so on; we do not even resort to pro jection operators to characterize these states.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
M theory? It appears that most of these do not survive the strong coupling limit and do not exist as new degrees of freedom in 27 dimensions.
Bosonic M Theory
The GA models resemble DO models without reset since both include cooling mass dropout and have dense baryonic cores; the main difference is that the GA models are heated internally and DO models are heated universally.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
What should we do when the transition takes the system to a microstate whose energy falls outside the range? Ofcourse we reject the transition; we do not update either the entropy function or the energy histogram.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
How do we do this ? In the rejection technique described above, we sample a point randomly from the rectangular region, see Fig. 11a.
Monte Carlo: Basics
These processes do not change the population of the two-level atom but do cause a phase randomization of the atomic dipole.
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
Thus the typical FIR luminous ob jects detected by IRAS do not necessarily have to have vastly more dust than lower luminosity ones, but they do have to have a greater fraction of it heated to warmer temperatures.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
There can be three reasons why limiting Gibbs states do not exist: finite Gibbs states with this potential do not exist (see examples above), noncompactness of S , and also - the distribution of finite Gibbs families can be concentrated on graphs, having vertices with large degrees.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Conditional events: doing for logic what fractions do for integer arithmetic.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Although we scan in hEνe i, we do not count it as a free parameter since we do not attempt to determine it (knowing a priori of the limited sensitivity to this parameter).
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
The problem is that we do not know the period of ϕ, and as a consequence, cannot do Fourier analysis on the corresponding unknown finite cyclic group.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
Most spectral measurements agree with this result and, for the ones that do not (and some of the ones that do) there is always a good reason not to worry: poorly-understood absorption.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
Although these systems foster communities (as do all recommender systems), they do not make social network identification salient.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
One large SCC and many small SCCs (i.e., communities) do not emerge when Gs breaks because movie viewers typically do not have strong biases in their tastes.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
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