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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
Translations of “do”
in Arabic يَعْمَل, يَقوم بِعَمَل, يُحَضِّر…
in Korean (어떤 행위를) 하다, (운동이나 활동을) 하다, (만드는 일을) 하다…
in Malaysian tidak, ada, datang…
in French Je pensais qu’elle ne viendrait pas, mais elle est venue quand même, ”do” s’emploie avec le verbe principal après les mots suivants“seldom”…
in Turkish icra etmek, etmek, yapmak…
in Italian fare, andare, cavarsela…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打掃/整理, 打掃,清潔, 整理…
in Russian делать, работать, готовить…
in Polish robić, jechać, pędzić…
in Vietnamese trợ động từ, nhấn mạnh hành động, trả lời ngắn…
in Spanish se usa junto a otro verbo para formar preguntas y frases negativas, se añade conjugado al final de una frase para convertirla en pregunta, se usa para evitar repetir el verbo recién empleado…
in Portuguese fazer, ir, estar…
in Thai กริยาช่วยสำหรับประโยคคำถามและปฏิเสธ, ใช้เน้น, ใช้ย่อความที่มาข้างหน้า…
in German Hilfsverb in Fragen und bei Verneinung, Hilfsverb zur Betonung, statt Wiederholung des Verbs…
in Catalan fer, s’utilitza per a preguntar com li va a algú, estudiar…
in Japanese (行動)をする, (活動)を行う, ~を作る…
in Indonesian kata bantu, benar-benar, melakukan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打扫/整理, 打扫,清洁, 整理…
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