To do is to act, perform, or undertake. When you do chores, you engage in the activity of cleaning the kitchen or taking out the trash.

Do is one of the most frequently used verbs in English. You do many things in a typical day: you might do the dishes, do your job, and later on, do your taxes. If you meet an old-fashioned gentleman, he might say, "How do you do?" essentially meaning, "Hello." After a difficult test, your friend could ask, "How did you do?" You can also do as you please, or just do nothing all day long.

Definitions of do
  1. verb
    engage in
    do research”
    do nothing”
    synonyms: make
    perform or carry out
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    exaggerate, overdo
    do something to an excessive degree
    praise excessively
    simplify to an excessive degree
    defeat (oneself) by going too far
  2. verb
    carry out or perform an action
    “John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters”
    “she did a little dance”
    synonyms: execute, perform
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    perform or finish an action rapidly
    sing or play against other voices or parts
    pipe up
    begin to play or sing
    declaim, recite
    recite in elocution
    sing and play for somebody
    cut corners
    do something the cheapest or easiest way
    perform a stunt or stunts
    perform or carry out
    blaze away
    perform (an acting passage) brilliantly and rapidly
    perform hastily and carelessly
    churn out
    perform in a mechanical way
    premier, premiere
    perform a work for the first time
    be the star in a performance
    appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
    practice, practise, rehearse
    engage in a rehearsal (of)
    ad-lib, extemporise, extemporize, improvise, improvize
    perform without preparation
    interpret, render
    give an interpretation or rendition of
    conduct, direct, lead
    lead, as in the performance of a composition
    perform or carry out
    declaim in an elocutionary manner
    deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
    read metrically
    be the co-star in a performance
    walk through
    perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal
    practice playing (a sport)
    deliver by singing
  3. verb
    get (something) done
    “I did my job”
    synonyms: perform
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    perform better or achieve a greater degree of success than expected
    accomplish by rotating
    underachieve, underperform
    perform less well or with less success than expected
    do wrongly or improperly
    do one's best, give full measure, give one's best, go all out
    perform a task as well as possible
    apply oneself diligently
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    accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
    put in effect
  4. verb
    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
    synonyms: exercise, practice, practise
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    shamanise, shamanize
    practice shamanism
  5. verb
    proceed or get along
    “How is she doing in her new job?”
    synonyms: come, fare, get along, make out
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    type of:
    go, proceed
    follow a certain course
  6. verb
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    synonyms: act, behave
    act, act as, play
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    act, dissemble, pretend
    behave unnaturally or affectedly
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    act involuntarily, act reflexively
    act in an uncontrolled manner
    bend over backwards, fall over backwards
    try very hard to please someone
    take liberties or act with too much confidence
    vulgarise, vulgarize
    act in a vulgar manner
    optimise, optimize
    act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world
    act as a medical quack or a charlatan
    act in a threatening manner
    act in a certain way so as to acquire
    bluster, swagger, swash
    act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
    suddenly behave coldly and formally
    behave extremely cruelly and brutally
    act in a romantic way
    sentimentalise, sentimentalize, sentimentise, sentimentize
    act in a sentimental way or indulge in sentimental thoughts or expression
    spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
    play, toy
    engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
    act, act as, play
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    act as a stooge, in a compliant or subordinate manner
    jest, joke
    act in a funny or teasing way
    act in a trivial or ineffective way
    behave in a certain way
    make as if
    begin or appear to begin an action
    break down, lose it, snap
    lose control of one's emotions
    dally, dawdle
    waste time
    display excessive cordiality (towards)
    hugger mugger
    act stealthily or secretively
    behave saucily or impudently towards
    act foolishly, as by talking nonsense
    frivol, trifle
    act frivolously
    puff up, swell
    become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
    accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of
    loosen up, relax
    become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner
    rage, ramp, storm
    behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
    exhale spasmodically, as when an irritant entered one's nose
    blink, nictate, nictitate, wink
    briefly shut the eyes
    expel intestinal gases through the anus
    produce saliva
    antic, clown, clown around
    act as or like a clown
    lose control emotionally
    be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
    fall apart, go to pieces
    lose one's emotional or mental composure
  7. verb
    arrange attractively
    synonyms: arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, dress, set
    curry, dress, groom
    give a neat appearance to
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    cut hair in the style of a bob
    set waves in
    make a marcel in a woman's hair
    gauffer, goffer
    make wavy with a heated goffering iron
    give a permanent wave to
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    groom, neaten
    care for one's external appearance
  8. verb
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
    synonyms: cause, make
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    determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
    shape or influence; give direction to
    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
    effect, effectuate, set up
    compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way
    give occasion to
    call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
    evoke or provoke to appear or occur
    breed, engender, spawn
    call forth
    actuate, incentivize, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel
    give an incentive for action
    force, impel
    urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
    increase the likelihood of (a response)
    dispose, incline
    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
    disincline, indispose
    make unwilling
    shape or form or make badly
    carry weight
    have influence to a specified degree
    influence or determine
    shape anew or differently
    set the speed, duration, or execution of
    adjust through indexation
    regulate or set the pace of
    determine beforehand
    accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
    put in effect
    strike up
    innovate, introduce
    bring something new to an environment
    draw, get
    earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
    activate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip
    put in motion or move to act
    bring about abruptly
    hasten, induce, rush, stimulate
    cause to occur rapidly
    compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
    supply the inspiration for
    constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
    set up or lay the groundwork for
    arrange, stage
    plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
    put up or launch
    attempt, set about, undertake
    enter upon an activity or enterprise
    devise, get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare
    arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    contribute or conduce to
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  9. verb
    create or design, often in a certain way
    Do my room in blue”
    “I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest”
    synonyms: make
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    undo, unmake
    deprive of certain characteristics
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    create, make
    create by artistic means
  10. verb
    spend time in prison or in a labor camp
    “He did six years for embezzlement”
    synonyms: serve
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    serve as a means of entrance
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    pass, spend
    pass time in a specific way
  11. verb
    travel or traverse (a distance)
    “This car does 150 miles per hour”
    “We did 6 miles on our hike every day”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  12. verb
    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    “Will $100 do?”
    synonyms: answer, serve, suffice
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    bridge over, keep going, tide over
    suffice for a period between two points
    go a long way
    suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
    function, serve
    serve a purpose, role, or function
    measure up, qualify
    prove capable or fit; meet requirements
    go around
    be sufficient
    serve as a prelude or opening to
    act as
    function as or act like
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    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
  13. verb
    carry on or function
    “We could do with a little more help around here”
    synonyms: manage
  14. noun
    an uproarious party
    synonyms: bash, brawl
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    an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
  15. noun
    the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
    synonyms: doh, ut
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    solfa syllable
    one of the names for notes of a musical scale in solmization
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