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To fare; to succeed or fail.


  • From Middle English don, from Old English dōn, from Proto-Germanic *dōną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁-.
  • The past tense form is from Middle English didde, dude, from Old English dyde, *diede, from Proto-Germanic *dedǭ/*dedē, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰédʰeh₁ti, an athematic e-reduplicated verb of the same root *dʰeh₁-.
  • The use of do in interrogative, negative, and, formerly, affirmative sentences, unusual in Germanic languages, is thought to be calqued from Welsh.

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Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'do':

doA syntactic marker
doTo perform; to execute.
doTo cause, make.
doTo suffice.
doTo be reasonable or acceptable.
doTo have.
doTo have as one's job.
doTo perform the tasks or actions associated with
doTo cook.
doTo travel in, to tour, to make a circuit of.
doTo treat in a certain way.
doTo work for or on, by way of caring for, looking after, preparing, cleaning, keeping in order, etc.
doTo act or behave in a certain manner; to conduct oneself.
doTo spend in jail.
doTo impersonate or depict.
doTo kill.
doTo deal with for good and all; to finish up; to undo; to ruin; to do for.
doTo punish for a misdemeanor.
doTo have sex with.
doTo cheat or swindle.
doTo convert into a certain form; especially, to translate.
doTo finish.
doTo work as a domestic servant.
doUsed to form the present progressive of verbs.
doTo cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note.
doTo make or provide.
doTo injure.
doTo take drugs.
doto have a purpose or reason
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