Definition of doing in English:



  • 1The activities in which a particular person engages.

    ‘the latest doings of television stars’
    • ‘He obviously thought I was about to report his evil doings to the MRT panel.’
    • ‘He has created a semi-official parallel administration within the White House and has fought like a tiger to keep his doings private.’
    • ‘The humorist kept the balance of satire by laughing at his own follies and doings.’
    • ‘Well, it's wonderful the way in which the doings of American royalty are getting mixed on the show with those of British royalty.’
    • ‘Although the developments are not the outcome of our doings, our omissions have certainly contributed to the gravity of the situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't believe I got so caught up in my own doings I forgot the Fourth!’
    • ‘We shall keep you well informed of their doings.’
    • ‘Governments should not grant marriage licenses, or otherwise keep record of their citizens' private 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So he walked 60 kilometres to the nearest town and reported his father's doings to the secret police.’
    • ‘Once my brain has absorbed the week, and can regurgitate it coherently, I'll record my doings here as usual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cid had heard about the doings of his other friends by way of his parents back in Seattle.’
    • ‘A methodical man, he kept a journal in which he made brief entries of all his doings.’
    • ‘Another week, they watch a bird for 5 minutes or so and describe its doings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And some of those threats will emerge because of our own doings.’
    exploit, activity, act, action, undertaking, deed, feat, endeavour, work, venture, enterprise, achievement, accomplishment
    performance, performing, carrying out, effecting, execution, implementation, implementing, bringing off, discharge, discharging, achievement, accomplishment, realization, completion, completing
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  • 2Effort; activity.

    ‘it would take some doing to calm him down’
    effort, exertion, work, hard work, application, labour, toil, struggle, strain
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  • 3British informal A beating or scolding.

    ‘someone had given her a doing’