Definition of doing in English:



  • 1usually doingsThe activities in which a particular person engages.

    ‘the latest doings of television stars’
    • ‘Cid had heard about the doings of his other friends by way of his parents back in Seattle.’
    • ‘I can't believe I got so caught up in my own doings I forgot the Fourth!’
    • ‘Well, it's wonderful the way in which the doings of American royalty are getting mixed on the show with those of British royalty.’
    • ‘Nineteenth-century scholars and 11th-century landowners may not have had much in common, but they did share a profound suspicion of the state and its financial doings.’
    • ‘And some of those threats will emerge because of our own doings.’
    • ‘The problems in the education system cannot be explained simply as the doings of a handful of poor administrators.’
    • ‘I'll write an account of my day and my doings on the train to Angouleme, tomorrow.’
    • ‘A methodical man, he kept a journal in which he made brief entries of all his doings.’
    • ‘So he walked 60 kilometres to the nearest town and reported his father's doings to the secret police.’
    • ‘He has created a semi-official parallel administration within the White House and has fought like a tiger to keep his doings private.’
    • ‘Governments should not grant marriage licenses, or otherwise keep record of their citizens' private doings.’
    • ‘He obviously thought I was about to report his evil doings to the MRT panel.’
    • ‘Another week, they watch a bird for 5 minutes or so and describe its doings.’
    • ‘In a way all of us are ill-prepared for suddenly some enormous spotlight coming on to us and onto our private lives, and onto our doings, and so on.’
    • ‘His widow later said that in his last desperate days the only thing that cheered him were news reports of the doings of his two protégés.’
    • ‘While the doings of ‘private contractors’ still pop up in articles about prisoner abuse, what such mercenary outfits are up to on the home front is hardly ever mentioned.’
    • ‘Once my brain has absorbed the week, and can regurgitate it coherently, I'll record my doings here as usual.’
    • ‘The humorist kept the balance of satire by laughing at his own follies and doings.’
    • ‘We shall keep you well informed of their doings.’
    • ‘Although the developments are not the outcome of our doings, our omissions have certainly contributed to the gravity of the situation.’
    performance, performing, carrying out, effecting, execution, implementation, implementing, bringing off, discharge, discharging, achievement, accomplishment, realization, completion, completing
    exploit, activity, act, action, undertaking, deed, feat, endeavour, work, venture, enterprise, achievement, accomplishment
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    1. 1.1informal Excrement, especially that of a domestic animal.
      ‘it is my duty to clear up the guard dog's doings’
      • ‘I look forward to seeing him telling these outside contractors to stop serving warmed-over mechanically recovered chicken's doings and start serving decent food.’
  • 2doingsinformal treated as singular or plural Used to refer to things when one has forgotten their name or when no one word easily covers them.

    ‘the drawer where he kept the doings’
    thing, whatever it is, whatever it is called
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  • 3informal A beating or scolding.

    ‘someone had given her a doing’


  • be someone's doing

    • Be the creation or fault of the person named.

      ‘he looked at Lisa as though it was all her doing’
      • ‘This has in no way been our doing either directly or indirectly.’
      • ‘I have been in prison and been bankrupt but that is my doing, not the country's.’
      • ‘Carving them had been her brilliant idea, but the practical aspect as well as the definite creation had been my doing.’
      • ‘He hates to see you blue, and he'd hate it even more if he thought it was his doing.’
      • ‘She looked around the basement and knew the decorations were Christine's doing.’
      • ‘If the problem was your doing, then ask yourself what you can learn from it and move on.’
      • ‘For a few minutes afterward, I couldn't decipher if the bed shaking was my doing, or if they were aftershocks.’
      • ‘The second and third times were her doing, so I can hardly regret those.’
      • ‘‘I suppose it was your doing,’ she observed; ‘it's a harmless piece of lunacy, but people would think you dreadfully silly if they knew of it.’’
      • ‘I know you are wondering why your middle name is Sophie and you were told that was Julian's doing.’
  • take some doing

    • Be difficult to achieve.

      ‘it would take some doing to calm him down’
      • ‘It took some doing to stand still when there were bullets flying about but you had to, to save your life.’
      • ‘This took some doing, I don't mind saying, as there were three of us who ‘shared’ the computer.’
      • ‘To send a horse 12000 miles to win Australia's most famous race took some doing and to do it twice makes it even more astonishing.’
      • ‘Filling more than 104,000 sandbags takes some doing!’
      • ‘It takes some doing to sing before eight million viewers.’
      • ‘You law students might think that we old law profs just dash these things off in an hour, but, in fact, it takes some doing.’
      • ‘‘There were no pictures there that our mainstream audience could find offensive, which took some doing,’ he says.’
      • ‘The reopening was achieved, which took some doing, and the infrastructure has been improved.’
      • ‘I'm not disheartened… it will take some doing to undo the bad habits of a lifetime.’
      • ‘They can mark one, perhaps two, but keeping an eye on Ireland's three most potent forces at the same time will take some doing.’
      effort, exertion, work, hard work, application, labour, toil, struggle, strain
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