Nearby words

  1. dnieper,
  2. dniester,
  3. dnp,
  4. dnr,
  5. dns,
  6. do a disappearing act,
  7. do a double take,
  8. do a job on,
  9. do an about-face,
  10. do any good


Origin of do

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

1, 27. act.

Can be confuseddew 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for do time


abbreviation for

Doctor of Optometry
Doctor of Osteopathy



verb does, doing, did or 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); sufficethere isn't much food, but it'll do for the two of us
(tr) to arrange or fixyou should do the garden now
(tr) to prepare or provide; servethis restaurant doesn't do lunch on Sundays
(tr) to make tidy, elegant, ready, etc, as by arranging or adorningto do one's hair
(tr) to improve (esp in the phrase do something to or for)
(tr) to find an answer to (a problem or puzzle)
(tr) to translate or adapt the form or language ofthe book was done into a play
(intr) to conduct oneselfdo as you please
(intr) to fare or managehow are you doing these days?
(tr) to cause or producecomplaints do nothing to help
(tr) to give or renderyour portrait doesn't do you justice; do me a favour
(tr) to work at, esp as a course of study or a professionhe is doing chemistry; what do you do for a living?
(tr) to perform (a play, etc); actthey are doing ``Hamlet'' next week
(tr) to travel at a specified speed, esp as a maximumthis car will do 120 mph
(tr) 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 questiondo you agree?; when did John go out?
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary to intensify positive statements and commandsI 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 commandshe does not like cheese; do not leave me here alone!
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary in inverted constructionslittle 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 repetitionhe likes you as much as I do
(tr) informal to visit or explore as a sightseer or touristto do Westminster Abbey
(tr) to wear out; exhaust
(intr) to happen (esp in the phrase nothing doing)
(tr) slang to serve (a period of time) as a prison sentencehe's doing three years for burglary; he's doing time
(tr) informal to cheat or swindle
(tr) slang to robthey did three shops last night
(tr) slang
  1. to arrest
  2. to convict of a crime
(tr) Australian informal to lose or spend (money) completely
(tr) slang, mainly British to treat violently; assault
(tr) slang to take or use (a drug)
(tr) taboo, slang (of a male) to have sexual intercourse with
(tr) to partake in (a meal)let's do lunch
do or do a informal to act like; imitatehe'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 plural dos or do's

slang an act or instance of cheating or swindling
informal, mainly British and NZ a formal or festive gathering; party
do's and don'ts informal those things that should or should not be done; rules

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



noun plural dos

a variant spelling of doh 1



the internet domain name for

Dominican Republic
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Word Origin and History for do time
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Idioms and Phrases with do time

do time

Serve a prison sentence, as in Many of the gang members did time while they were still teenagers. This expression originated as underworld slang and is now standard usage. [c. 1860]

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