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[doo-ith] /ˈdu ɪθ/
verb, Archaic.
3rd person singular present ind. of do1 .


[doo; unstressed doo, duh] /du; unstressed dʊ, də/
verb (used with object), present singular 1st person do, 2nd do or (Archaic) doest or dost, 3rd does or (Archaic) doeth or doth, present plural do; past singular 1st person did, 2nd did or (Archaic) didst, 3rd did, past plural did; past participle done; present participle doing.
to perform (an act, duty, role, etc.):
Do nothing until you hear the bell.
to execute (a piece or amount of work):
to do a hauling job.
to accomplish; finish; complete:
He has already done his homework.
to put forth; exert:
Do your best.
to be the cause of (good, harm, credit, etc.); bring about; effect.
to render, give, or pay (homage, justice, etc.).
to deal with, fix, clean, arrange, move, etc., (anything) as the case may require:
to do the dishes.
to travel; traverse:
We did 30 miles today.
to serve; suffice for:
This will do us for the present.
to condone or approve, as by custom or practice:
That sort of thing simply isn't done.
to travel at the rate of (a specified speed):
He was doing 80 when they arrested him.
to make or prepare:
I'll do the salad.
to serve (a term of time) in prison, or, sometimes, in office.
to create, form, or bring into being:
She does wonderful oil portraits.
to translate into or change the form or language of:
MGM did the book into a movie.
to study or work at or in the field of:
I have to do my math tonight.
to explore or travel through as a sightseer:
They did Greece in three weeks.
(used with a pronoun, as it or that, or with a general noun, as thing, that refers to a previously mentioned action):
You were supposed to write thank-you letters; do it before tomorrow, please.
Informal. to wear out; exhaust; tire:
That last set of tennis did me.
Informal. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of:
That crooked dealer did him for $500 at poker.
Informal. to attend or participate in:
Let's do lunch next week.
Slang. to use (a drug or drugs), especially habitually:
The police report said he was doing cocaine.
Slang. to rob; steal from:
The law got him for doing a lot of banks.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sex with.
Informal. (usually in the negative) to act in accordance with expectations associated with (something specified):
Just ignore her insults—she doesn’t do polite.
verb (used without object), present singular 1st person do, 2nd do or (Archaic) doest or dost, 3rd does or (Archaic) doeth or doth, present plural do; past singular 1st person did, 2nd did or (Archaic) didst, 3rd did, past plural did; past participle done; present participle doing.
to act or conduct oneself; be in action; behave.
to proceed:
to do wisely.
to get along; fare; manage:
to do without an automobile.
to be in health, as specified:
Mother and child are doing fine.
to serve or be satisfactory, as for the purpose; be enough; suffice:
Will this do?
to finish or be finished.
to happen; take place; transpire:
What's doing at the office?
(used as a substitute to avoid repetition of a verb or full verb expression):
I think as you do.
auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person do, 2nd do or (Archaic) doest or dost, 3rd does or (Archaic) doeth or doth, present plural do; past singular 1st person did, 2nd did or (Archaic) didst, 3rd did, past plural did; past participle done; present participle doing.
(used in interrogative, negative, and inverted constructions):
Do you like music? I don't care. Seldom do we witness such catastrophes.
Archaic. (used in imperatives with you or thou expressed; and occasionally as a metric filler in verse):
Do thou hasten to the king's side. The wind did blow, the rain did fall.
(used to lend emphasis to a principal verb):
Do visit us!
noun, plural dos, do's.
Informal. a burst of frenzied activity; action; commotion.
Informal. a hairdo or hair styling.
British Slang. a swindle; hoax.
Chiefly British. a festive social gathering; party.
Verb phrases
do by, to deal with; treat:
He had always done well by his family.
do for,
  1. to cause the defeat, ruin, or death of.
  2. Chiefly British. to cook and keep house for; manage or provide for.
do in, Informal.
  1. to kill, especially to murder.
  2. to injure gravely or exhaust; wear out; ruin:
    The tropical climate did them in.
  3. to cheat or swindle:
    He was done in by an unscrupulous broker.
do over, to redecorate.
do up, Informal.
  1. to wrap and tie up.
  2. to pin up or arrange (the hair).
  3. to renovate; launder; clean.
  4. to wear out; tire.
  5. to fasten:
    Do up your coat.
  6. to dress:
    The children were all done up in funny costumes.
do with, to gain advantage or benefit from; make use of:
I could do with more leisure time.
do without,
  1. to forgo; dispense with.
  2. to dispense with the thing mentioned:
    The store doesn't have any, so you'll have to do without.
do a number on (someone). number (def 39).
do away with,
  1. to put an end to; abolish.
  2. to kill.
do one proud. proud (def 11).
do one's number. number (def 40).
do one's (own) thing. thing1 (def 22).
do or die, to make a supreme effort.
do out of, Informal. to swindle; cheat:
A furniture store did me out of several hundred dollars.
dos and don'ts, customs, rules, or regulations:
The dos and don'ts of polite manners are easy to learn.
do time, Informal. to serve a term in prison:
It's hard to get a decent job once you've done time.
do to death. death (def 15).
have to do with. have (def 37).
make do, to get along with what is at hand, despite its inadequacy:
I can't afford a new coat so I have to make do with this one.
Origin of do1
before 900; Middle English, Old English dōn; cognate with Dutch doen, German tun; akin to Latin -dere to put, facere to make, do, Greek tithénai to set, put, Sanskrit dadhāti (he) puts
Can be confused
dew, do, dew.
1, 27. act.
Synonym Study
3. Do, accomplish, achieve mean to bring some action to a conclusion. Do is the general word: He did a great deal of hard work. Accomplish and achieve both connote successful completion of an undertaking. Accomplish emphasizes attaining a desired goal through effort, skill, and perseverance: to accomplish what one has hoped for. Achieve emphasizes accomplishing something important, excellent, or great: to achieve a major breakthrough. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for doeth
Historical Examples
  • A miracle--a wonder--is all that we need, and "He is the God, that doeth wonders."

    Parables of the Cross I. Lilias Trotter
  • And the little Orestes will wail, not knowing what he doeth, seeing he is but a babe.

  • There is not a just man upon earth that doeth good and sinneth not.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • To His hands I commit my destiny, and 'He doeth all things well.'


    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • It is only the man that doeth righteousness that can become holy.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

    Sanctification J. W. Byers
  • Our lives are all in the hands of Him who doeth all things well.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens
  • To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

    God's Plan with Men

    T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
  • And the law is not of faith; but the man that doeth them shall live in them.

    God's Plan with Men

    T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
  • God's word says, "The man that doeth them shall live by them."

    God's Plan with Men

    T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
British Dictionary definitions for doeth


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/duː; unstressed dʊ; /
verb does, doing, did, done
to perform or complete (a deed or action): to do a portrait, the work is done
often intr; foll by for. to serve the needs of; be suitable for (a person, situation, etc); suffice: there isn't much food, but it'll do for the two of us
(transitive) to arrange or fix: you should do the garden now
(transitive) to prepare or provide; serve: this restaurant doesn't do lunch on Sundays
(transitive) to make tidy, elegant, ready, etc, as by arranging or adorning: to do one's hair
(transitive) to improve (esp in the phrase do something to or for)
(transitive) to find an answer to (a problem or puzzle)
(transitive) to translate or adapt the form or language of: the book was done into a play
(intransitive) to conduct oneself: do as you please
(intransitive) to fare or manage: how are you doing these days?
(transitive) to cause or produce: complaints do nothing to help
(transitive) to give or render: your portrait doesn't do you justice, do me a favour
(transitive) to work at, esp as a course of study or a profession: he is doing chemistry, what do you do for a living?
(transitive) to perform (a play, etc); act: they are doing ``Hamlet'' next week
(transitive) to travel at a specified speed, esp as a maximum: this car will do 120 mph
(transitive) to travel or traverse (a distance): we did 15 miles on our walk
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary before the subject of an interrogative sentence as a way of forming a question: do you agree?, when did John go out?
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary to intensify positive statements and commands: I do like your new house, do hurry!
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary before a negative adverb to form negative statements or commands: he does not like cheese, do not leave me here alone!
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary in inverted constructions: little did he realize that, only rarely does he come in before ten o'clock
used as an auxiliary to replace an earlier verb or verb phrase to avoid repetition: he likes you as much as I do
(transitive) (informal) to visit or explore as a sightseer or tourist: to do Westminster Abbey
(transitive) to wear out; exhaust
(intransitive) to happen (esp in the phrase nothing doing)
(transitive) (slang) to serve (a period of time) as a prison sentence: he's doing three years for burglary, he's doing time
(transitive) (informal) to cheat or swindle
(transitive) (slang) to rob: they did three shops last night
(transitive) (slang)
  1. to arrest
  2. to convict of a crime
(transitive) (Austral, informal) to lose or spend (money) completely
(transitive) (slang, mainly Brit) to treat violently; assault
(transitive) (slang) to take or use (a drug)
(transitive) (taboo, slang) (of a male) to have sexual intercourse with
(transitive) to partake in (a meal): let's do lunch
(informal) do, do a, to act like; imitate: he's a good mimic – he can do all his friends well
do or die, to make a final or supreme effort
how do you do?, a conventional formula when being introduced
make do, to manage with whatever is available
noun (pl) dos, do's
(slang) an act or instance of cheating or swindling
(informal, mainly Brit & NZ) a formal or festive gathering; party
(informal) do's and don'ts, those things that should or should not be done; rules
Word Origin
Old English dōn; related to Old Frisian duān, Old High German tuon, Latin abdere to put away, Greek tithenai to place; see deed, doom


noun (pl) dos
a variant spelling of doh1


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Word Origin and History for doeth



Middle English do, first person singular of Old English don "make, act, perform, cause; to put, to place," from West Germanic *don (cf. Old Saxon duan, Old Frisian dua, Dutch doen, Old High German tuon, German tun), from PIE root *dhe- "to put, place, do, make" (see factitious).

Use as an auxiliary began in Middle English. Periphrastic form in negative sentences ("They did not think") replaced the Old English negative particles ("Hie ne wendon"). Slang meaning "to do the sex act with or to" is from 1913. Expression do or die is attested from 1620s. Cf. does, did, done.



first (and last) note of the diatonic scale, by 1754, from do, used as a substitution for ut (see gamut) for sonority's sake, first in Italy and Germany. U.S. slang do-re-mi "money" is from 1920s, probably a pun on dough in its slang sense of "cash."

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Slang definitions & phrases for doeth



  1. A party or other gathering; affair; shindig: a few of the other main do's/ The Tweed do was held early last December (1824+)
  2. (also doo) A haircut or styling: Your hair, your doo/ Yuppie bikers favor short fashionboy dos or neat ponytails (1960s + Black)
  3. Excrement; feces: I stepped in doggy-do: A children's term, perhaps first used in dog-do or doggy-do (1920s+)
  4. Something one should do or must do: Always in the phrase dos and don'ts: Being friendly is a do, but being possessive is a don't


  1. To cheat; swindle: He is hated by all the beggars above him, and they do him every chance they get (1641+)
  2. To eat or drink; partake of: The dated sense has to do mainly with drinks; the revived sense is usually in the phrase do lunch: That was where I'd be ''doing lunch'' with Mark Bradley/ The expressions ''doing lunch'' and ''fun'' lead the llth annual list of ''banished words'' (1853+)
  3. To use or take narcotics: Hell, half the people doing blow are reacting to the cut/ I'd wonder why and do another line. But I never looked at it as if I were some big drug addict (1960s + Narcotics)
  4. To serve a prison sentence: He did six years up at San Quentin (1860s+)
  5. To visit; make the rounds of: Shall we do Provence this summer? (1888+)
  6. To kill; do to death; rub out: The guy she's having cocktails with is the one who done her?/ I'm the guy doing these colored girls (1350+)
  7. To do the sex with or to; boff, fuck: Heidi Does Hollywood (1913+)

Related Terms

do someone dirt, do-gooder, do it all, do one's number, doodad, do-rag, do one's stuff, do time, do up, do something up brown, whoop-de-do

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