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Meaning of do by Wiktionary Dictionary

DO


    Initialism

    DO

    1. ( grammar ) a direct object
    2. ( US ) a Doctor of Osteopathy

    Anagrams

    • od, OD

    D.O.

    Abbreviation

    D.O .

    1. ( US ) a Doctor of Osteopathy

    Anagrams

    • od, OD

    do.

    By Wiktionary ( 2011/11/04 17:37 UTC Version )

    Abbreviation

    do .

    1. ( dated ) ditto


Explanation of do by Wordnet Dictionary

DO


    Verb
    1. behave in a certain manner

    2. Don't behave like a fool
      What makes her do this way?
      The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
    3. arrange attractively

    4. create or design, often in a certain way

    5. Do my room in blue
    6. give rise to

    7. carry out or perform an action

    8. travel or traverse ( a distance )

    9. This car does 150 miles per hour
    10. carry on or function

    11. We could do with a little more help around here
    12. engage in

    13. do research
      do nothing
    14. get ( something ) done

    15. carry out or practice

    16. proceed or get along

    17. How is she doing in her new job?
    18. be sufficient

    19. Will $100 do?
      A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school
    20. spend time in prison or in a labor camp

    Noun
    1. doctor's degree in osteopathy

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

    3. an uproarious party



    Definition of do by GCIDE Dictionary

    DO


    1. Do ( dō ), 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 many as a scale pattern, while the tones in respect to absolute pitch are named from the first seven letters of the alphabet.

    2. do v. t. or auxiliary. [imp. did ( dĭd ); p. p. done ( dŭn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Doing ( dĭng ). This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus: I do, thou doest ( dĕst ) or dost ( dŭst ), he does ( dŭz ), doeth ( dĕth ), or doth ( dŭth ); 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 As an independent verb, dost is obsolete or rare, except in poetry.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 ( dĭdst ), formerly didest ( dĭdĕst ).] [AS. dōn; akin to D. doen, OS. duan, OHG. tuon, G. thun, Lith. deti, OSlav. dēti, OIr. dénim I do, Gr. τιθέναι 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.]
      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.

      ☞ 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.

      11. 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.

      12. 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.

      ☞ 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.

      did ( dĭd ); p. p. done ( dŭn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Doing ( dĭng ). This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus: I do, thou doest ( dĕst ) or dost ( dŭst ), he does ( dŭz ), doeth ( dĕth ), or doth ( dŭth ); 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 ( dĭdst ), formerly didest ( dĭdĕst ).] [AS. dōn; akin to D. doen, OS. duan, OHG. tuon, G. thun, Lith. deti, OSlav. dēti, OIr. dénim I do, Gr. τιθέναι 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.]
      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.

      ☞ 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.

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    3. 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. To answer for; to serve as; to suit. 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.

    4. 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.]

    5. doh ( dō ), n. the syllable naming the first ( tonic ) note of any major diatonic scale in solmization, usually written do.

      Syn. -- do, ut.

      [WordNet 1.5]