Idioms

Origin of do

1
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

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for do for (1 of 5)

do for


verb (preposition) informal

(tr) to convict of a crime or offencethey did him for manslaughter
(intr) to cause the ruin, death, or defeat ofthe last punch did for him
(intr) to do housework for
do well for oneself to thrive or succeed

British Dictionary definitions for do for (2 of 5)

DO


abbreviation for

Doctor of Optometry
Doctor of Osteopathy

British Dictionary definitions for do for (3 of 5)

do

1
/ (duː, unstressed , ) /

verb does, doing, did or done

noun plural dos or do's

Word Origin for do

Old English dōn; related to Old Frisian duān, Old High German tuon, Latin abdere to put away, Greek tithenai to place; see deed, doom

British Dictionary definitions for do for (4 of 5)

do

2
/ (dəʊ) /

noun plural dos

a variant spelling of doh 1

British Dictionary definitions for do for (5 of 5)

do

3

the internet domain name for

Dominican Republic
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Idioms and Phrases with do for

do for


1

Bring about the death, defeat, or ruin of, as in He swore he'd do for him. This usage is often put in the passive voice (see done for). [First half of 1700s]

2

Care or provide for, take care of, as in They decided to hire a housekeeper to do for Grandmother. This usage today is more common in Britain than in America. [Early 1500s]

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