Definition of doing in US English:



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

    ‘the latest doings of television stars’
    • ‘Well, it's wonderful the way in which the doings of American royalty are getting mixed on the show with those of British royalty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another week, they watch a bird for 5 minutes or so and describe its doings.’
    • ‘I'll write an account of my day and my doings on the train to Angouleme, tomorrow.’
    • ‘So he walked 60 kilometres to the nearest town and reported his father's doings to the secret police.’
    • ‘I can't believe I got so caught up in my own doings I forgot the Fourth!’
    • ‘Governments should not grant marriage licenses, or otherwise keep record of their citizens' private doings.’
    • ‘Although the developments are not the outcome of our doings, our omissions have certainly contributed to the gravity of the situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has created a semi-official parallel administration within the White House and has fought like a tiger to keep his doings private.’
    • ‘The problems in the education system cannot be explained simply as the doings of a handful of poor administrators.’
    • ‘A methodical man, he kept a journal in which he made brief entries of all his doings.’
    • ‘We shall keep you well informed of their doings.’
    • ‘And some of those threats will emerge because of our own doings.’
    • ‘The humorist kept the balance of satire by laughing at his own follies and doings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He obviously thought I was about to report his evil doings to the MRT panel.’
    • ‘Cid had heard about the doings of his other friends by way of his parents back in Seattle.’
    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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  • 2informal A beating or scolding.

    ‘someone had given her a doing’
  • 3Effort; activity.

    ‘it would take some doing to calm him down’
    effort, exertion, work, hard work, application, labour, toil, struggle, strain
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  • be someone's doing

    • Be the creation or fault of the person named.

      ‘he looked at Lisa as though it was all her doing’
      • ‘The second and third times were her doing, so I can hardly regret those.’
      • ‘Carving them had been her brilliant idea, but the practical aspect as well as the definite creation had been my doing.’
      • ‘I know you are wondering why your middle name is Sophie and you were told that was Julian's doing.’
      • ‘She looked around the basement and knew the decorations were Christine's doing.’
      • ‘I have been in prison and been bankrupt but that is my doing, not the country's.’
      • ‘This has in no way been our doing either directly or indirectly.’
      • ‘He hates to see you blue, and he'd hate it even more if he thought it was his doing.’
      • ‘‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’