Meaning of "do" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /duː/ (doing, did, done)

A1 to perform an action:

A1 to perform a type of exercise or activity:

She does yoga three times a week.

A2 to make or prepare something:

Max’s Café does great sandwiches.

A2 used for talking or asking about how healthy, happy, or successful someone is:

“How is your niece doing?” “She’s doing really well, thanks.”

A1 to study a subject:

Diana did history at university.
do the cleaning, cooking, etc.

A1 to perform a job in the house:

I do the cooking, but Joe does most of the cleaning.
what does someone do?

A1 used to ask what someone’s job is:

“What do you do?” “I’m a doctor.”
do badly/well

B1 to not succeed, or to succeed:

Sam did very well in his exam.
do your hair, make-up, etc.

B1 to make your hair, make-up, etc. look nice:

It takes him half an hour to do his hair in the morning.
do your hair, makeup, etc.

to make your hair, makeup, etc. look nice:

I need to do my hair before we go out.
be/have to do with something

to be related to something:

She lacks confidence and I think that has to do with her childhood.
have to do with something

to be related to something:

Our profits are down, which has to do with poor sales.
do someone good

to have a good effect on someone:

A holiday would do you good.
will do

will be satisfactory:

You don’t have to pay now. Next week will do.
could do with someone or something

to need or want someone or something:

I could do with a few days off work.

(Definition of “do verb” from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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