Meaning of “DIY” in the English Dictionary

"DIY" in British English

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DIYnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdiː.aɪˈwaɪ/ us /ˌdiː.aɪˈwaɪ/

abbreviation for do-it-yourself: the activity of decorating or repairing your home, or making things for your home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you:

a DIY project

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  • The people who owned the house before us were very keen on DIY and made a lot of changes.
  • My husband is hopeless at DIY and could never put up a shelf or wallpaper a room.

(Definition of “DIY” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"DIY" in Business English

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DIYnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdiːaɪˈwaɪ/ us UK

abbreviation for do-it-yourself: the activity of decorating or repairing your home, or making things for your home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you:

DIYadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌdiːaɪˈwaɪ/ us

abbreviation for do-it-yourself: done or made without paying someone else to do it:

This software is ideal for small businesses who do DIY accounts.

(Definition of “DIY” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)