Synonyms of do in English:

do


See definition of do

verb

1‘she is expected to do most of the manual work’

SYNONYMS

carry out, undertake, discharge, execute, perpetrate, perform, accomplish, implement, achieve, complete, finish, conclude

bring about, engineer, effect, realize

informal pull off

rare effectuate

2‘they are free to do as they please’

SYNONYMS

act, behave, conduct oneself, acquit oneself

rare comport oneself, deport oneself

3‘if you can't get espresso, regular coffee will do’

SYNONYMS

suffice, be adequate, be satisfactory, be acceptable, be good enough, be of use, fill the bill, fit the bill, answer the purpose, serve the purpose, meet one's needs, pass muster

be enough, be sufficient

informal make the grade, cut the mustard, be up to snuff

4‘the boys will do the dinner when they get home’

SYNONYMS

prepare, make, get ready, fix, produce, see to, arrange, organize, be responsible for, be in charge of, look after, take on

5‘he noticed a portrait I had been doing’

SYNONYMS

paint, draw, sketch

make, create, produce, turn out, fashion, design, fabricate, manufacture

informal knock up, knock together, knock off

6‘each room was done in a different colour’

SYNONYMS

decorate, furnish, adorn, ornament, embellish

deck out, trick out, trim

informal do up

British informal tart up

7‘her maid would dress her and then do her hair’

SYNONYMS

style, arrange, adjust, groom, preen, primp, prink

brush, comb, wash, dry, cut

informal fix

8‘I was doing a show to raise money for our local scouts’

SYNONYMS

put on, present, produce, give

perform in, act in, play in, take part in, participate in, be involved in, be engaged in

9‘thanks—you've done me a favour’

SYNONYMS

grant, pay, render, afford, give, bestow

10‘I'm doing the VAT on a multiple dispatch’

SYNONYMS

work out, figure out, calculate, add up

solve, resolve, puzzle out, decipher

British tot up

11‘she's doing archaeology at university’

SYNONYMS

study, read, learn, take a course in, take classes in, be taught

12‘what does he do?’

SYNONYMS

do for a living, work at, be employed as, earn a living as, earn a living at

what is …'s job?

13‘he was doing well at college’

SYNONYMS

get on, get along, progress, fare, make out, get by, manage, cope, survive

succeed, prosper

14‘he was caught doing 80mph in a 50mph area’

SYNONYMS

drive at, travel at, go at, proceed at, move at

15‘the cyclists do 30 to 40 miles per day’

SYNONYMS

travel, journey, go, cover, travel over, pass over, journey over, traverse, cross, range over, put behind one, get under one's belt, attain, achieve, log

informal chalk up, notch up

16‘we're doing Scotland this summer’

SYNONYMS

visit, tour, sightsee in, look around, look round, take in the sights of


noun

1‘he invited us to this do in his mansion’

SYNONYMS

party, reception, gathering, celebration, function, affair, event, social event, social occasion, social function, social

soirée

West Indian jump-up

simcha

North American levee

bash, blowout, rave, shindig, shindy, shebang, junket

rave-up, thrash, knees-up, jolly, beanfeast, bunfight, beano

NZ Australian shivoo, rage, jollo

South African jol

dated ding-dong


Phrases

    do away with

      1‘they want to do away with the old customs’

      SYNONYMS

      abolish, quash, get rid of, discard, remove, eliminate, discontinue, cancel, stop, end, terminate, put an end to, put a stop to, call a halt to, dispense with, drop, abandon, give up

      informal

      bin, scrap, ditch, dump, axe, cut out, pack in, get shut of, pull the plug on, knock something on the head, give something the chop

      British informal

      get shot of

      ANTONYMS

      uphold

      2‘she tried to do away with her husband’

      SYNONYMS

      kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down

      dispatch, liquidate, exterminate, eliminate, eradicate, destroy

      informal

      do in, bump off, knock off, polish off, top, take out, snuff out, snuff, erase, croak, stiff, zap, blow away, blow someone's brains out, give someone the works

      North American informal

      ice, off, rub out, waste, whack, scrag, smoke

      North American euphemistic

      terminate with extreme prejudice

      literary

      slay

    do someone/something down

      ‘he loves an opportunity to do down his colleagues’

      SYNONYMS

      belittle, disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, cast aspersions on, discredit, vilify, defame, decry, criticize, abuse, insult, malign

      North American

      slur

      do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, take apart, pull apart, pick holes in, drag through the mud, have a go at, hit out at, knock, slam, pan, bash, bad-mouth, look down one's nose at

      British

      rubbish, slate, slag off

      rare

      asperse, derogate, minify

    do for someone

      1‘if we lose those values, we are done for’

      SYNONYMS

      ruin, destroy, reduce to nothing, spoil, mar, injure, blight, shatter, scotch, mess up

      British

      scupper

      Australian

      euchre

      vulgar slang

      fuck up

      archaic

      bring to naught

      2‘it was drink that did for him’

      SYNONYMS

      kill, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, finish off

      polish off, do in, knock off, take out

      literary

      slay

    do someone/something in

      1‘the poor devil's been done in’

      SYNONYMS

      kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down

      dispatch, liquidate, exterminate, eliminate, eradicate, destroy

      do away with, bump off, knock off, polish off, top, take out, snuff out, snuff, erase, croak, stiff, zap, blow away, blow someone's brains out, give someone the works

      North American

      ice, off, rub out, waste, whack, scrag, smoke

      North American euphemistic

      terminate with extreme prejudice

      literary

      slay

      2‘the long walk home did me in’

      SYNONYMS

      wear out, tire out, exhaust, fatigue, weary, overtire, drain, prostrate, enervate, devitalize

      fag out, shatter, whack, poop, take it out of

      3‘I did my back in and I can't work any more’

      SYNONYMS

      injure, hurt, damage, maim, cripple, disable, paralyse

      British

      knacker

    do something out

      ‘the basement is done out in limed oak’

      SYNONYMS

      decorate, furnish, adorn, ornament, embellish

      deck out, trick out, trim

      do up

      tart up

    do someone out of something

      ‘he tried to do them out of their livestock profits’

      SYNONYMS

      swindle out of, cheat out of, trick out of, prevent from having, prevent from gaining, deprive of, dispossess of, rob of, strip of, relieve of

      informal

      con out of, diddle out of

    do someone over

      ‘some men had been sent to do him over’

      SYNONYMS

      beat up, assault, attack, mug, batter, thrash, pummel, pound

      knock about, knock around, work over, clobber, rough up, fill in, beat the living daylights out of, let someone have it

      British

      have a go at, duff someone up

      North American

      beat up on

    do something up

      1‘she stopped to do her bootlace up’

      SYNONYMS

      fasten, tie, tie up, lace, knot, make a knot in, tie a bow in

      make fast, secure, bind, tighten

      ANTONYMS

      undo

      2‘he's had his house done up’

      SYNONYMS

      renovate, refurbish, refit, restore, redecorate, decorate, revamp, make over, modernize, improve, spruce up, smarten up, brighten up, prettify, enhance

      fix up, vamp up, give something a facelift

      British

      tart up, posh up

      North American

      rehab

    do without

      ‘they were forced to do without certain bodily comforts’

      SYNONYMS

      forgo, dispense with, abstain from, refrain from, eschew, give up, renounce, forswear, swear off, keep off, keep away from, manage without

      informal

      lay off, cut out, quit, give something a miss

    have nothing to do with

      ‘we have nothing to do with it and ignore it’

      SYNONYMS

      steer clear of, avoid, shun, evade, eschew, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, leave alone

      snub, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, ignore, turn one's back on

    have something to do with

      ‘what does this have to do with me?’

      SYNONYMS

      relate to, apply to, be relevant to, have relevance to, concern, refer to, have reference to, belong to, pertain to, be pertinent to, bear on, have a bearing on, appertain to, affect, involve, cover, touch

      archaic

      regard