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do

Noun

1 an uproarious party [syn: bash, brawl]
2 the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization [syn: doh, ut]
3 doctor's degree in osteopathy [syn: Doctor of Osteopathy]

Verb

1 engage in; "make love, not war"; "make an effort"; "do research"; "do nothing"; "make revolution" [syn: make]
2 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" [syn: perform, execute]
3 get (something) done; "I did my job" [syn: perform]
4 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" [syn: fare, make out, come, get along]
5 give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident" [syn: cause, make]
6 carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law" [syn: practice, practise, exercise]
7 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" [syn: suffice, answer, serve]
8 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" [syn: make] [ant: unmake]
9 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" [syn: act, behave]
10 spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement" [syn: serve]
11 carry on or manage; "We could do with a little more help around here" [syn: manage]
12 arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding" [syn: dress, arrange, set, coif, coiffe, coiffure]
13 travel or traverse (a distance); "This car does 150 miles per hour"; "We did 6 miles on our hike every day" [also: done, did]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology 1

From don, from , from ‘put, place, do, make’.
Cognates include German tun French faire, Spanish hacer, Greek θέτω, Lithuanian deti, Czech diti, Polish dziać, Russian девать, and Russian делать.

Pronunciation

  • a UK , /duː/, /du:/
  • a US , /du/, /du/
  • a AusE /dʉː/, /d}:/
  • Rhymes with: -uː

Noun

  1. A function, celebration, party.
    We’re having a bit of a do on Saturday to celebrate my birthday.
  2. A hairdo.
    Nice do!
  3. colloquial obsolete A period of confusion or argument.
Usage notes
For the plural of the noun, the spelling dos would be correct; do’s is often used for the sake of legibility, but is sometimes considered incorrect.
Translations
function, celebration, party
  • Dutch: gedoe, feest, fuif qualifier Flemish
  • Finnish: pirskeet, juhlat
period of confusion or argument
  • Dutch: gedoe, ruzie
hairdo
  • Dutch: snit
  • Finnish: kampaus

Verb

  • Another archaic form is the second-person singular present tense dost.
  1. A syntactic marker in questions.
    Do you go?
  2. A syntactic marker in negations.
    I do not go.
  3. A syntactic marker for emphasis.
    But I do go.
  4. A syntactic marker to avoid repetition of an earlier verb.
    I play tennis; he does too.
  5. To perform, to execute.
    All you ever do is surf the internet.
  6. intransitive transitive To suffice.
    It’s not the best broom, but it will have to do.
    This will do me, thanks.
  7. To be reasonable or acceptable.
    It simply will not do to have dozens of children running around such a quiet event.
  8. To have (as an effect).
    The fresh air did him some good.
  9. To fare; to succeed or fail.
    Our relationship isn't doing very well.
    How do you do?
  10. To have as one's job.
    What do you do?
  11. To cook.
    I like my steak well done.
  12. To travel to.
    Let’s do New York also.
  13. To take care of, to be well.
  14. To spend (time) in jail.
    I did five years for armed robbery.
  15. To impersonate.
    They really laughed when he did Clinton, with a perfect accent and a leer.
  16. transitive slang To attack or mistreat (someone).
  17. transitive slang To kill.
  18. transitive slang To have sex with. (See also do it)
    I'm gonna do him tonight.
  19. To cheat or swindle.
    That guy just did me out of two hundred bucks!
  20. To convert into a certain form; especially, to translate.
    The novel has just been done into English.
    I'm going to do do this play into a movie.
  21. transitive intransitive To finish.
    Aren't you done yet?
perform, execute
slang: attack
  • Dutch: doen, aanvallen
  • Kurdish: êriş
slang: have sex with
  • Czech: dělat to
  • Dutch: binnendoen
  • Finnish: hoidella, naida, panna, laittaa
  • Kurdish: gan, niyan
  • Maltese: għamel
  • Sindhi:
  • Spanish: coger, culear
  • Turkish: yatmak
work, suffice
  • Czech: fungovat, stačit
  • Danish: gå an, klare sig, være nok
  • Dutch: genoegen, het ermee doen
  • Finnish: riittää, menetellä, välttää, kelvata
  • French: aller
  • German: reichen
  • Kurdish: kar, xebitîn, kirin
  • Maltese: għamel
  • Scots: dae
  • Spanish: valer
  • Turkish: yeterli olmak
be reasonable or acceptable
in questions
  • Dutch: translated by inversion
  • Esperanto: not translated
  • Finnish: -ko, -kö
  • French: est-ce que
  • German: not translated, tun
  • Italian: not translated
  • Kurdish: gelo, aya, ma
  • Old English: don
  • Turkish: acaba
  • Vietnamese: subject + + predicate + không; có phải () ... không
in negations
  • Dutch: not translated
  • Esperanto: not translated
  • Finnish: not translated
  • French: not translated
  • Italian: not translated
  • Old English: don
  • Vietnamese: not translated
for emphasis
  • Dutch: wel
  • Esperanto: ja
  • Finnish: -han, -hän
  • Kurdish: erê, belê, rast e ku
  • Old English: don
to avoid repetition
  • Danish: gøre
  • Dutch: not translated
  • Esperanto: not translated
  • Finnish: not translated
  • French: not translated
  • Italian: not translated
  • Old English: don
cook
  • Dutch: bakken, koken
  • Finnish: kypsentää, paistaa
  • Slovene: skuhati
visit
  • Dutch: doen, bezoeken
be exhausted, finished, ready
  • Dutch: eraan zijn, klaar zijn, kapot zijn
  • Maltese: mgħamul
take care of, be well
  • Dutch: deugddoen, goeddoen
be in jail
  • Dutch: zitten
  • Finnish: istua
These may all be "identical" translations that should be copied to all translation sections above, as well as Noun meanings. Native speakers please verify.
Translations to be checked

Etymology 2

From do.

Alternative spellings

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A syllable used in solfège to represent the first and eighth tonic of a major scale.
Synonyms
Translations
tonic of a major scale
  • Dutch: do

See also

rel-top names for musical notes

Etymology 3

Short for ditto.
do

Albanian

Verb

  1. To want.
  2. To like.
  3. To love.
    Të dua.
    I love you.

Bosnian

Preposition

  1. by
  2. next to
  3. until

Catalan

Etymology

From donum

Noun

  1. gift
  2. talent

Croatian

Preposition

  1. by
  2. next to
  3. until
  4. up to
  5. till

Czech

Pronunciation

Preposition

  1. into, in, to, until
  2. by (at some time before (the given time))
    Ať jsi zpátky do desíti! -- Be back by ten o'clock!

Dutch

Etymology

From do.

Pronunciation

  • /do/, /do/
    Rhymes with: -nl|o

Noun

  1. do, the musical note
  2. C, the musical note

Synonyms

See also

Esperanto

Adverb

  1. then, indeed, however

French

Pronunciation

  • /do/, /do/
    Rhymes with: -fr|o

Noun

fr-noun m
  1. do, the musical note

Synonyms

Irish

Pronunciation

Preposition

  1. to, for
    do chara
    to a friend, for a friend

Usage notes

Triggers lenition of a following consonant. Used only before consonant sounds.

Related terms

Pronoun

  1. your i singular
    bhfuil do charr?
    Where is your car?

Usage notes

Triggers lenition of a following consonant. Used only before consonant sounds.

Related terms

Italian

Alternative spellings

Verb

Noun

  1. do, the musical note
  2. C (the musical note or key)

Japanese

Noun

  1. : degree; times

Latin

Etymology

Cognates include Ancient Greek sc=polytonic, Sanskrit sc=Deva, Old Persian sc=Xpeo.

Pronunciation

  • /doː/

Conjugation

1 = datus / data / datum 2 = datī / datae / data

Synonyms

Derived terms

Descendants

Lojban

Pronoun

  1. you

Norwegian

Etymology 1

Possibly abbreviated form of "do-hus" (do house) from don (do).

Noun

  1. toilet
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Noun

do
  1. do, the musical note

Polish

Pronunciation

  • /dɔ/

Etymology

From , from .

Preposition

  1. to, towards, into
  2. until

Portuguese

Etymology

Contraction of the preposition de and the definite article o or the demonstrative pronoun o.

Contraction

  1. of the
  2. from the

Scottish Gaelic

Possessive pronoun

do
  1. your, thy
    Bha iongantach do ghràdh dhomh
    Wonderful was thy love for me.
    Cùm an cuimhn’ ar n-àm còmhla. Bidh cuimhn’ agam ort, air d’anam ghrinn.
    Keep the memory of our time together. I will remember thee, thy dear soul.

Prepositional Pronoun

do
  1. to, for
    Do ar beatha, dhut, dhèanainn e.
    For our life, for thee, I would do it.

Derived terms

Serbian

Pronunciation

Preposition

  1. by
  2. next to
  3. until

Cyrillic spelling

Slovak

Preposition

  1. into, in, to, until

Turkish

Noun

  1. C, the musical note

Conjunction

  1. though, although, even though

Welsh

Adverb

  1. Did (as opposed to naddo, didn’t).

West Frisian

Pronoun

  1. you

Noun

  1. pigeon, dove

Extensive Definition

Do may refer to:
  • Do (verb)
  • (道) or Tao, the way and order of the universe in Chinese philosophy
  • Do (province) or Dao, a political division in China, Korea, and Japan
  • Do. or ditto marks
In music:
Do may also be used for:
  • Do (kana), a mora symbol in Japanese writing
  • Dō (胴), the torso protector part of Bōgu, kendo armor
  • Do (surname), a Vietnamese surname (and list of people with that name)
  • .do, the country code top-level domain for the Dominican Republic
  • .do, a pseudo file extension representing an Apache Struts action. It does not map to an actual file extension, although it appears that way.
  • Do, a prefix used by Dornier Flugzeugwerke aircraft
  • Do, the nickname of Marshall Applewhite, the leader of the Heaven's Gate cult
  • Do, short for hairdo
do in German: DO
do in French: Do
do in Korean: DO
do in Italian: DO
do in Dutch: Do
do in Japanese: DO
do in Norwegian: DO
do in Polish: Do
do in Kölsch: DO (Watt ėßß datt?)
do in Finnish: Do
do in Swedish: Do
do in Turkish: Do (anlam ayrım)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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