[ doo-ing ]
/ ˈdu ɪŋ /


action; performance; execution: Your misfortune is not of my doing.
doings, deeds; proceedings; happenings; events.

Nearby words

  1. dohnányi,
  2. dohnányi, ernst von,
  3. doi,
  4. doiled,
  5. doily,
  6. doings,
  7. doisy,
  8. doisy, edward adelbert,
  9. doit,
  10. doited

Origin of doing

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at do1, -ing1

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

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

Examples from the Web for doing

British Dictionary definitions for doing


/ (ˈduːɪŋ) /


an action or the performance of an actionwhose doing is this?
informal a beating or castigation


abbreviation for

Doctor of Optometry
Doctor of Osteopathy


/ (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


/ (dəʊ) /

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 doing
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