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verb (PERFORM)    // /du/ /duː/ /duː/ (did, done)
A1 [T] to perform, take part in, or achieve something: That was a really stupid thing to do. Why were you sent home from school early? What have you done now? What are you doing over the weekend? The only thing we can do now is wait and see what happens. You should be able to do it by yourself/on your own. What have you done (= made happen) to her? What (on earth) were you doing in the library (= why were you there) at two o'clock in the morning? What are these toys doing here? (= Why are they here?) What do you do (for a living)? (= What is your job?) What can I do for you? (= How can I help you?) What have you done with (= where have you put) my coat? She just hasn't known what to do with herself (= how to keep herself busy) since she retired.Acting and actsDealing with things or people do sth about sth to take action to deal with something: It's a global problem - what can individuals do about it?Acting and actsDealing with things or people do well/badly by sb formal to treat someone well or badlyTreating someone wellTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive Grammar:DoSee moreGrammar:Do: formsDo is an irregular verb. Its three forms are do, did, done. The present simple third person singular is does:See moreGrammar:Do: usesWe use do as a main verb and an auxiliary verb. We can also use it as a substitute verb.See moreGrammar:Do as a main verbDo as a main verb has a number of meanings.See moreGrammar:Do as an auxiliary verbDo is one of three auxiliary verbs in English: be, do, have. We use do to make negatives (do + not), to make question forms, and to make the verb more emphatic.See moreGrammar:Do as an auxiliary verb: typical errorsSee moreGrammar:Do as a substitute verbWe often use do instead of repeating all the words in a clause. Do substitutes for the words we don’t repeat:See moreGrammar:Do or make?When we use do and make with noun phrases, do focuses on the process of acting or performing something, make emphasises more the product or outcome of an action:See more
(Definition of do verb (PERFORM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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