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Definition of “do” - Learner’s Dictionary

do

verb     /duː/ ( past tense did, past participle done)
ACTION/JOB [T] A1 to perform an action or job: Go upstairs and do your homework. What are you doing this weekend? What does she do? (= What is her job?) Acting and actsDealing with things or peoplePerforming a functionFunctioning
MAKE [T] A2 to make or prepare something: Our printer only does black and white copies. Max's Cafe does great sandwiches.Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovationProviding and serving mealsPreparing foodPreparing food using heat
do badly/well, etc B1 to be unsuccessful/successful, etc: Sam did very well UK in her exams/ US on her exams.Performing a functionFunctioningSuccessful (things or people)
do biology/French/history, etc UK A1 to study biology/French/history, etcKnowing and learning
do your hair/make-up, etc B1 to make your hair/make-up, etc look nicePersonal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally
do sb good B2 to have a good effect on someone: A holiday would do you good.Performing a functionFunctioningBeing suitable or unsuitableBecoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancing
do damage/harm, etc B2 to cause damage/harm, etc: Luckily the fire didn't do much damage.Being suitable or unsuitable
will do will be satisfactory: You don't have to pay now, next week will do.Being suitable or unsuitableCoping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
SPEED [T] to travel at a particular speed: For most of the journey we were doing 70 miles an hour.Travelling
(Definition of do verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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