do2 S1 W1 past tense did, past participle done, third person singular does
to perform an action or activity:
Have you done your homework yet?
You need to do more exercise.
It's a pleasure doing business with you.
I didn't know what to do.
All he does is sit in front of the television all day.
do something/nothing/anything etc
We should do something to help him.
It all happened so quickly that I couldn't do anything about it.
bored teenagers with nothing to do
do the laundry/ironing/dishes etc
It's your turn to do the dishes.
used to ask or talk about how successful someone is at something
Students are under considerable pressure to do well.
how somebody/something is doing (with/in something)
You should get promoted after about a year, depending on how you're doing.
How's he doing in trying to give up smoking?
to have a particular effect on something or someone:
have an effect[transitive]
The scandal will do serious damage to his reputation.
This will do nothing for (=will not improve) Jamie's confidence.
The colour does nothing for her (=does not improve her appearance).
Getting the job has done a lot for (=had a good effect on) her self-esteem.
A week in the countryside will do you good (=make you feel better).
Exercise can do wonders for (=have a very good effect on) body, mind, and spirit.
to have a particular job:
What do you want to do after you leave school?
What do you do for a living (=as your job)?
She's very good at what she does.
used to say that something will be enough or be acceptable:
enough/acceptable[intransitive,transitive not in progressive]
We don't have a lot of wine for the party, but it should just about do.
I can't find my black shoes so these will have to do.
A few sandwiches will do me for lunch.
It won't do (=it is not acceptable) to say that the situation couldn't have been avoided.
used to talk about what arrangements someone has made to get something they need:
What will you do for money if you leave your job?
I'm not sure what we'll do for transport yet.
used to ask why someone or something is in a particular place or doing a particular thing, especially when you are surprised or annoyed by this:
What's my coat doing on the floor?
What are you doing walking around at this time of night?
What on earth do you think you're doing?
to do something that improves your appearance or someone else's appearance:
It must take her ages to do her make-up in the mornings.
Who does your hair?
to spend a period of time doing something:
spend time[transitive] informal
She did a year backpacking around the world.
Oh yes, I certainly did my time in the army (=spent time in the army).
to study a particular subject in a school or university:
study[transitive not in passive] British EnglishSE
I did French for five years.
to cook a particular type of food:
I was thinking of doing a casserole tonight.
to achieve a particular distance, speed etc:
We did 300 kilometres on the first day.
The car can do 120 mph.
to provide a particular service or sell a particular product:
provide a service[transitive]
They do interior and exterior design.
We don't do food after two o'clock.
to perform a particular play, show etc:
perform a play[transitive]
We did 'Guys and Dolls' last year.
to paint or decorate a room, house etc:
How are you going to do your living room?
to behave in a particular way:
In the evenings students are free to do as they please (=do what they want).
I wish you'd do as you're told (=do what you are told to do)!
17 spoken informal
used humorously to say that someone cannot or does not behave in a particular way:
Sensible? I don't do sensible.
to copy someone's behaviour or the way they talk, especially in order to entertain people:
He does a brilliant George Bush (=copies him in a very funny way).
to have lunch, go to see a film etc with someone:
Let's do lunch next week.
to use an illegal drug:
He says he's never done hard drugs in his life.
to visit a particular place, especially as a tourist:
Let's do the Eiffel Tower today.
used to tell a child to stop behaving badly
used to say angrily that you will not accept a situation any more:
Right, that does it! I'm not going to listen to any more of this!
24 also that ought to do it spoken
used to say that you will have finished doing something if you just do one more thing:
I've just got to prepare the dessert and that should do it.
to have sex - used humorously or when you want to avoid saying the word 'sex'
used to advise someone that they should do something:
Most people would do well to reduce the amount of salt in their diet.
to punish or attack someone
punish[transitive] British English spoken
➔ be/get doneat done2 (8)
to deceive or trick someone
deceive[transitive] British English informal
➔ be doneat done2 (7)
used to ask what is happening:
What's doing at your place tonight?
used to say that someone is determined to do something very brave or dangerous even if they die attempting it
used when you meet someone to ask them if they are well, happy etc:
Hi Bob, how you doing?
used humorously to ask someone how you can help them, especially when you are trying to sell them something
to treat someone well:
His relations always did pretty well by him.
used to tell someone who is making you feel upset or angry to go away:
do onespoken informal
Oh, just go and do one!
➔ doing ➔ done2
; ➔ do your bitat bit2 (8)
; ➔ how do you doat how (11)
; ➔ nothing doingat nothing1 (14)
; ➔ do somebody proudat proud (5)
; ➔ do something to deathat death (4), can-do
do away with somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to get rid of something or stop using it:
People thought that the use of robots would do away with boring low-paid factory jobs.
to kill someone
do somebody ↔ downphrasal verb
I know you don't like him, but there's no need to keep doing him down in front of the boss.
do for somebody/somethingphrasal verb
British English informal
to kill someone or harm something or someone very badly:
Working 100 hours a week nearly did for me.
➔ be done forat done2 (3)
do somebody inphrasal verb
to kill someone:
He was planning to do himself in.
to make someone feel extremely tired:
That walk really did me in.
➔ done inat done2 (4)
do something ↔ outphrasal verb
to make a room look nice by decorating it:
The room was beautifully done out in pastel colours.
to clean a room or cupboard thoroughly
do somebody out of somethingphrasal verb
Are you trying to do me out of a job?
do somebody/something overphrasal verb
1 especially American EnglishDH
to make a place look attractive by decorating it:
The whole apartment had been done over in an Art Deco style.
2 American English
to do something again, especially because you did it wrong the first time:
If you make too many mistakes, you'll have to do it over.
to steal things from a building
do something ↔ overBritish English spoken informalSCC
4 British English spoken informal
to attack and injure someone
do upphrasal verb
to fasten something, or to be fastened in a particular way
do something ↔ up
Do up your coat or you'll get cold.
a skirt which does up at the back
to repair an old building or car, or to improve its appearance:
do something ↔ upDHTTC
They did up an old cottage in the Scottish Highlands.
to decorate something in a particular way:
do something ↔ up
The apartment was done up in Viennese style.
to wrap something in paper
do something ↔ up
to make yourself look neat and attractive:
Sue spent ages doing herself up.
do with somethingphrasal verb
to need or want something:
I could have done with some help this morning.
to be about something, be related to something, or be involved with something:
Their conversation had been largely to do with work.
I'm sorry about the accident, but it's nothing to do with me (=I am not involved in any way).
This question doesn't have anything to do with the main topic of the survey.
I'm sure her problems have something to do with what happened when she was a child.
how to spend your time:
She didn't know what to do with herself after she retired.
used to ask or talk about how someone should deal with something:
What shall I do with these papers?
I wouldn't know what to do with a newborn baby.
used to ask where someone has put something:
What have you done with the remote for the TV?
used to ask why someone has something:
What are you doing with my diary?
7 British English spoken
used to say that you are annoyed by something and do not want to have to think about it:
I can't be doing with all this right now.
do withoutphrasal verb
to live or do something without a particular thing:
I don't have any sugar so you'll have to do without.
You can do without a carpet but you've got to have somewhere to sit.
used to say that something is annoying you or causing you problems:
You can do without all that hassle.
Those are the type of stupid remarks I can do without.