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
- to arrest
- 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