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As a noun do

is the bright time of the day (chiefly in adverbial constructions).



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Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


  • (auxiliary)
  • (auxiliary)
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=“Well,” I answered, at first with uncertainty, then with inspiration, “he would do splendidly to lead your cotillon, if you think of having one.” ¶ “So you do not dance, Mr. Crocker?” ¶ I was somewhat set back by her perspicuity.}}
  • (auxiliary)
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. […]”}}
  • (auxiliary)
  • To perform; to execute.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author=(Oliver Burkeman)
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=48, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= The tao of tech , passage=The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you "stay up to date with what your friends are doing ",
  • (obsolete) To cause, make (someone) (do something).
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), ''(The Faerie Queene),
  • Sometimes to doe him laugh, she would assay / To laugh at shaking of the leaues light, / Or to behold the water worke
  • * W. Caxton
  • My lord Abbot of Westminster did do shewe to me late certain evidences.
  • * Spenser
  • a fatal plague which many did to die
  • * Bible, 2 Cor. viii. 1
  • We do you to wit [i.e. we make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia.
  • (transitive) To suffice.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=“Well,” I answered, at first with uncertainty, then with inspiration, “he would do splendidly to lead your cotillon, if you think of having one.” ¶ “So you do not dance, Mr. Crocker?” ¶ I was somewhat set back by her perspicuity.}}
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • "Here," she said, "take your old Bunny! He'll do to sleep with you!" And she dragged the Rabbit out by one ear, and put him into the Boy's arms.
  • To be reasonable or acceptable.
  • To have (as an effect).
  • To fare; to succeed or fail.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}
  • (chiefly in questions) To have as one's job.
  • To cook.
  • * , Three Men In a Boat
  • , passage=It seemed, from his account, that he was very good at doing scrambled eggs.}}
  • * {{quote-news, 1944, , , News from the Suburbs, Punch citation
  • , passage=We went down below, and the galley-slave did some ham and eggs, and the first lieutenant, who was aged 19, told me about Sicily, and time went like a flash.}}
  • * {{quote-book, 2005, Alan Tansley, The Grease Monkey, page=99, pageurl=
  • , passage=Next morning, they woke about ten o'clock, Kev, went for a shower while Alice, did some toast, put the kettle on, and when he came out, she went in.}}
  • To travel in, to tour, to make a circuit of.
  • * {{quote-book, 1869, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, edition=1957 ed., page=, pageurl=
  • , passage=We 'did ' London to our heart's content, thanks to Fred and Frank, and were sorry to go away,
  • * {{quote-book, 1892, James Batchelder, Multum in Parvo: Notes from the Life and Travels of James Batchelder, page=97 citation
  • , passage=After doing Paris and its suburbs, I started for London
  • * {{quote-news, 1968, July 22, Ralph Schoenstein, Nice Place to Visit, New York Magazine citation
  • , passage=No tourist can get credit for seeing America first without doing New York, the Wonderful Town, the Baghdad-on-Hudson, the dream in the eye of the Kansas hooker
  • To treat in a certain way.
  • * {{quote-news, 1894, , , , Harper's citation
  • , passage=They did me well, I assure you — uncommon well: Bellinger of '84; green chartreuse fit for a prince;
  • * 1928 , , "The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers", in (Lord Peter Views the Body) ,
  • Upon my word, although he [my host] certainly did me uncommonly well, I began to feel I'd be more at ease among the bushmen.
  • * {{quote-book, 1994, Jervey Tervalon, Understand This, page=50 citation
  • , passage="Why you gonna do me like that?" I ask. "Do what?" "Dog me."}}
  • To act or behave in a certain manner; to conduct oneself.
  • * Bible, 2 Kings xvii. 34
  • They fear not the Lord, neither do they after the law and commandment.
  • To spend (time) in jail.
  • To impersonate or depict.
  • (slang) To kill.
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  • * {{quote-book, 2007, E.J. Churchill, page=153, pageurl=, The Lazarus Code
  • , passage=The order came and I did him right there. The bullet went right where it was supposed to go.}}
  • (slang) To have sex with. (See also do it )
  • * {{quote-book, c. 1590, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, section=Act IV, scene II, pageurl=
  • , passage=Demetrius'': "Villain, what hast thou done?"
    ''Aaron'': "That which thou canst not undo."
    ''Chiron'': "Thou hast undone our mother."
    : "Villain, I have done thy mother."}}
  • * {{quote-book, 1996, James Russell Kincaid, My Secret Life, page=81, pageurl=
  • , passage=
  • * {{quote-book, 2008, On the Line, Donna Hill, page=84 citation
  • , passage=The uninhibited woman within wanted to do him right there on the countertop, but I remained composed.}}
  • To cheat or swindle.
  • * De Quincey
  • He was not to be done , at his time of life, by frivolous offers of a compromise that might have secured him seventy-five per cent.
  • To convert into a certain form; especially, to translate.
  • (intransitive) To finish.
  • (UK, dated, intransitive) To work as a domestic servant (with for ).
  • * 1915 , Frank Thomas Bullen, Recollections
  • I've left my key in my office in Manchester, my family are at Bournemouth, and the old woman who does for me goes home at nine o'clock.
  • (archaic, dialectal, transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the present progressive of verbs.
  • * 1844 , William Barnes, Evenén in the Village , Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect:
  • ...An' the dogs do''' bark, an' the rooks be a-vled to the elems high and dark, an' the water '''do roar at mill.
  • (stock exchange) To cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note.
  • (informal) To make or provide.
  • Do they do haircuts there?
    Could you do me a burger with mayonnaise instead of ketchup?
    Usage notes
    * In older forms of English, when the pronoun thou was in active use and verbs had a distinct second-person singular present-tense form, the verb .
    * don't
    Derived terms
    * can do with * do a… * doable * do by * do by halves * do down * doer * do for * do in * do it * do right by * done * do-over * do somebody wrong * do the trick * do time * do up * do well by doing good * do with mirrors * do without * fordo * misdo * redo * overdo * to do with * underdo * undo
    See also


    (en noun)
  • (colloquial) A party, celebration, social function.
  • We’re having a bit of a do on Saturday to celebrate my birthday.
  • * 2013 , Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems''' (in ''The Guardian , 13 September 2013)[]
  • After a load of photos and what-not, we descend the world's longest escalator, which are called that even as they de-escalate, and in we go to the main forum, a high ceilinged hall, full of circular cloth-draped, numbered tables, a stage at the front, the letters GQ, 12-foot high in neon at the back; this aside, though, neon forever the moniker of trash, this is a posh do , in an opera house full of folk in tuxes.
  • (informal) A hairdo.
  • Nice do !
  • (colloquial, obsolete) A period of confusion or argument. (rfex)
  • Something that can or should be done (usually in the phrase dos and don'ts ).
  • (obsolete) A deed; an act.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)
  • (archaic) ado; bustle; stir; to-do
  • * Selden
  • A great deal of do , and a great deal of trouble.
  • (obsolete, UK, slang) A cheat; a swindler.
  • Synonyms
    * (period of confusion or argument) to-do * get-together
    Usage notes
    For the plural of the noun, the spelling is often used for the sake of legibility, but is sometimes considered incorrect. For the party, the term is generally used only by older adults and usually implies a social function of modest size and formality.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) do.

    Alternative forms

    * doh


    (en noun)
  • (music) A syllable used in to represent the first and eighth tonic of a major scale.
  • Synonyms
    * ut (archaic)

    See also

    (names for musical notes) * fa * la * mi * re * so * ti

    Etymology 3

    Short for ditto.


  • (rare)
  • Statistics




    Alternative forms

    * ye * ya, yah, yer, yeh, y', yo, yu (informal or eye dialect) * -cha * -ja * u * yoo (eye dialect) * yew * youe, yow, yowe (obsolete)


  • (object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object.
  • * 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XLII:
  • And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you , saying, Ye are spies [...].
  • * (William Shakespeare), Richard III :
  • If I may counsaile you, some day or two / Your Highnesse shall repose you at the Tower [...].
  • * 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XIX:
  • And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.
  • * 1975 , Joseph Nazel, Death for Hire :
  • You'd better get you a gun and kill him before he kills you or somebody.
  • (object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.)
  • * (Thomas Malory), Le Morte Darthur , Book VIII:
  • I charge you , as ye woll have my love, that ye warne your kynnesmen that ye woll beare that day the slyve of golde uppon your helmet.
  • (subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.)
  • Both of you should get ready now.
    You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
  • (subject pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.)
  • * (Geoffrey Chaucer), "The Clerk's Tale", Canterbury Tales , Ellesmere manuscript (c. 1410):
  • certes lord / so wel vs liketh yow / And al youre werk / and euere han doon / þat we / Ne koude nat vs self deuysen how / We myghte lyuen / in moore felicitee [...].
  • * 1814 , (Jane Austen), Mansfield Park :
  • You' are right, Fanny, to protest against such an office, but ' you need not be afraid.
  • (indefinite personal pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object).
  • * 2001 , Polly Vernon, The Guardian , 5 May 2001:
  • You' can't choose your family, your lovers are difficult and volatile, but, oh, ' you can choose your friends - so doesn't it make much more sense to live and holiday with them instead?

    Usage notes

    * Originally, , respectively.) * In some forms of English, are all but nonexistent. * Although , or youse (though not all of these are completely equivalent or considered Standard English). * The pronoun is usually omitted in imperative sentences, but need not be. In affirmative imperatives, it may be included before the verb (You go right ahead''; ''You stay out of it''); in negative imperatives, it may be included either before the ''don't'', or, more commonly, after it (''Don't you dare go in there''; ''Don't you start now ). * See for other personal pronouns.


    * *: thou *: ye *: yer (UK eye dialect) * *: all of you (plural) *: you all *: you + number *: ye *: yous/youse *: y'all, all y'all (Southern US) *: ya'll (AAVE) *: you-uns (Midwestern US and Appalachia) *: yinz *: you guys/you gals *: you lot (UK) *: allyou (Caribbean) *: yer (UK eye dialect) * , ye, to you, to thee, to ye * ye, to you, to ye, to you all * (one) one, people, they, them

    Derived terms

    * you're


    (en determiner)
  • The individual or group spoken or written to.
  • Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?
  • Used before epithets for emphasis.
  • You idiot!


    (en verb)
  • To address (a person) using the pronoun you'', rather than ''thou .