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Meaning of "do" in Essential American English Dictionary

do

verb   /du/ ( present participle doing, past tense did, past participle done)
A1 to perform an action: Go upstairs and do your homework.
A1 to perform a sports activity: She does yoga three times a week.
A2 to make or prepare something: Max’s Diner does great sandwiches.
A2 used for talking or asking about someone and whether he or she is healthy, happy, or succeeding: “How is your niece doing?” “She’s doing really well, thanks.”
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 on his test.
do your hair, make-up, etc.
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.
B1 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 vacation 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.
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…
(Definition of do verb from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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