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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Do
A syllable attached to the first tone of the major diatonic scale for the purpose of solmization, or solfeggio. It is the first of the seven syllables used by the Italians as manes of musical tones, and replaced, for the sake of euphony, the syllable Ut, applied to the note C. In England and America the same syllables are used by many as a scale pattern, while the tones in respect to absolute pitch are named from the first seven letters of the alphabet.
verb do
  1. To place; to put.(Obs)
  2. To cause; to make; -- with an infinitive.(Obs)"My lord Abbot of Westminster did do shewe to me late certain evidences." [W. Caxton.]"I shall . . . your cloister do make." [Piers Plowman.]"A fatal plague which many did to die." [Spenser.]"We do you to wit [i. e., We make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia." [2 Cor. viii. 1.]
  3. To bring about; to produce, as an effect or result; to effect; to achieve."The neglecting it may do much danger." [Shak.]"He waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good not harm." [Shak.]
  4. To perform, as an action; to execute; to transact to carry out in action; as, to do a good or a bad act; do our duty; to do what I can. "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work." [Ex. xx. 9.]"We did not do these things." [Ld. Lytton.]"You can not do wrong without suffering wrong." [Emerson.] To do homage To do homage honor favor justice
  5. To bring to an end by action; to perform completely; to finish; to accomplish; -- a sense conveyed by the construction, which is that of the past participle done."Ere summer half be done.""I have doneweeping." [Shak.]
  6. To make ready for an object, purpose, or use, as food by cooking; to cook completely or sufficiently; as, the meat is done on one side only.
  7. To put or bring into a form, state, or condition, especially in the phrases, to do death, to put to death; to slay; to do awayoften do away with), to put away; to remove; to do on, to put on; to don; to do off, to take off, as dress; to doff; to do into, to put into the form of; to translate or transform into, as a text." Done to death by slanderous tongues." [ Shak.]"The ground of the difficulty is done away." [ Paley.]"Suspicions regarding his loyalty were entirely done away." [Thackeray.]"To do on our own harness, that we may not; but we must do on the armor of God." [ Latimer.]"Then Jason rose and did on him a fair Blue woolen tunic." [ W. Morris (Jason).]"Though the former legal pollution be now done off, yet there is a spiritual contagion in idolatry as much to be shunned." [Milton.]"It [“Pilgrim's Progress”] has been done into verse: it has been done into modern English." [ Macaulay.]
  8. To cheat; to gull; to overreach.(Colloq)"He was not be done, at his time of life, by frivolous offers of a compromise that might have secured him seventy-five per cent." [ De Quincey.]
  9. To see or inspect; to explore; as, to do all the points of interest.(Colloq)
  10. [Stock Exchange] To cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note.
  11. To perform work upon, about, for, or at, by way of caring for, looking after, preparing, cleaning, keeping in order, or the like."The sergeants seem to do themselves pretty well." [Harper's Mag.]
  12. To deal with for good and all; to finish up; to undo; to ruin; to do for.(Colloq. or Slang)"Sometimes they lie in wait in these dark streets, and fracture his skull, . . . or break his arm, or cut the sinew of his wrist; and that they call doing him." [Charles Reade.]

Note: ☞ We have lost the idiom shown by the citations ( do used like the French faire or laisser), in which the verb in the infinitive apparently, but not really, has a passive signification, i. e., cause . . . to be made.

Note: Do and did are much employed as auxiliaries, the verb to which they are joined being an infinitive. As an auxiliary the verb do has no participle. “I do set my bow in the cloud.” Gen. ix. 13. (Now archaic or rare except for emphatic assertion) "Rarely . . . did the wrongs of individuals to the knowledge of the public." Macaulay. They are often used in emphatic construction. “You don't say so, Mr. Jobson. -- but I do say so.” Sir W. Scott. “I did love him but scorn him now.” Latham. In negative and interrogative constructions, do and did are in common use. I do not wish to see them; what do you think? Did Cæsar cross the Tiber? He did not. “ Do you love me?” Shak. Do, as an auxiliary, is supposed to have been first used before imperatives. It expresses entreaty or earnest request; as, do help me. In the imperative mood, but not in the indicative, it may be used with the verb to be; as, do be quiet. Do did, and done often stand as a general substitute or representative verb, and thus save the repetition of the principal verb. “To live and die is all we have to do.” Denham. In the case of do and did as auxiliaries, the sense may be completed by the infinitive (without to) of the verb represented. “When beauty lived and died as flowers do now.” Shak. “I . . . chose my wife as she did her wedding gown.” Goldsmith. "My brightest hopes giving dark fears a being. As the light does the shadow." Longfellow. In unemphatic affirmative sentences do is, for the most part, archaic or poetical; as, “This just reproach their virtue does excite.” Dryden.

Etymology: AS. dōn; akin to D. doen, OS. duan, OHG. tuon, G. thun, Lith. deti, OSlav. dēti, OIr. dénim I do, Gr. tiqe`nai to put, Skr. dhā, and to E. suffix -dom, and prob. to L. facere to do, E. fact, and perh. to L. -dere in some compounds, as addere to add, credere to trust. √65. Cf. Deed Deem Doom Fact Creed Theme

verb Do
  1. To act or behave in any manner; to conduct one's self."They fear not the Lord, neither do they after . . . the law and commandment." [ 2 Kings xvii. 34.]
  2. To fare; to be, as regards health; as, they asked him how he did; how do you do to-day?
  3. Etymology: Perh. a different word. OE. dugen dowen, to avail, be of use, AS. dugan. See Doughty

    To succeed; to avail; to answer the purpose; to serve; as, if no better plan can be found, he will make this do ."You would do well to prefer a bill against all kings and parliaments since the Conquest; and if that won't do; challenge the crown." [ Collier.]
noun Do
  1. Deed; act; fear.(Obs)
  2. Ado; bustle; stir; to do.(R)"A great deal of do, and a great deal of trouble." [ Selden.]
  3. A cheat; a swindle.(Slang, Eng)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Doctor's degree in osteopathy
  2. The syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
  3. An uproarious party
  4. Behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself ("Don't behave like a fool", "What makes her do this way?", and "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people")
  5. Arrange attractively
  6. Create or design, often in a certain way ("Do my room in blue")
  7. Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  8. Carry out or perform an action
  9. Travel or traverse (a distance) ("This car does 150 miles per hour")
  10. Carry on or function ("We could do with a little more help around here")
  11. Engage in ("do research" and "do nothing")
  12. Get (something) done
  13. Carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
  14. Proceed or get along ("How is she doing in her new job?")
  15. Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity ("Will $100 do?" and "A `B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school")
  16. Spend time in prison or in a labor camp

From Old High German *dag, northern variant of tag. The nominative case of this word became Luxembourgish Dag. The dative singular (and the plural) developed regularly into Do (dage > *dāe > *dōe > ). Both forms then became distinct words with slightly different meanings.

  1. the bright time of the day (chiefly in adverbial constructions)
    ginn d'Stroossen net beliicht.
    In the daytime, the streets are not lit.

Notable Persons Named Do

D.O is a singing, actor, and singer. D.O was given the name Do Kyung-soo on January 12th, 1993 in Goyang.


Do Ji-han is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. Do was born on September 24th, 1991 in Seoul.


Do Won Chang is a founder and owner and forever 21. Do was born on March 20th, 1954 in South Korea.


Đỗ Mười is a General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Secretary of the Central Military – Party Committee of the Communist Party, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Secretaryof theCentral Military – Party Committeeof theCommunis. They were most active from 1991 to 1997. Đỗ was born on February 2nd, 1917 in Thanh Trì District.


Do is a dance-pop, adult contemporary music, and nederpop singer, songwriter, musicalactress, singing, and musical theatre. She has been prominent since 2000. Do was given the name Dominique Rijpma van Hulst on September 7th, 1981 in Valkenswaard, Netherlands.


Do Ji-won is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1989 to present. Do was born on February 14th, 1968 in Seoul.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Do

Anh Do is an actor, stand-up comedian, and author. Anh was born Anh Do on June 2nd, 1977 in Vietnam.


Do is a dance-pop, adult contemporary music, and nederpop singer, songwriter, musicalactress, singing, and musical theatre. She has been prominent since 2000. Do was given the name Dominique Rijpma van Hulst on September 7th, 1981 in Valkenswaard, Netherlands.


Tristan Do is a soccer player for the Muangthong United F.C., RC Strasbourg Alsace, FC Lorient, SAS Épinal, Gazélec Ajaccio, BEC Tero Sasana F.C., Thailand national under-23 football team, and Thailand national football team. Tristan was born on January 31st, 1993 in Paris.


Khoa Do is a film director, screenwriter, and speaker. Khoa was born in 1979 in Ho Chi Minh City.


HDStarcraft was given the name Alex Do .


They hold the title Prince Trung Vũ. Trần was born in 1194 in Đại Việt. They left this life in 1264.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Do U.S.
  White 2.34% 64.26%
  African American 0.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Do

People with the last name Do are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Do

  • How Popular is the name Do? Do is the 83,538th most popular name of all time. As a last name Do was the 1,159th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Do have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Do in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Do? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1991 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Do first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Do is Friday, September 22nd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Do born? The highest recorded use of the first name Do was in 1991 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Do: Your name in reverse order is Od. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Do. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Do? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 30,301 people with the last name Do.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Do? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Do as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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