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doing

Syllabification: do·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈdo͞oiNG
 
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Definition of doing in English:

noun

1 (usually doings) The activities in which a particular person engages: the latest doings of television stars
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Governments should not grant marriage licenses, or otherwise keep record of their citizens' private 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.
Synonyms
performance, performing, carrying out, execution, implementation, implementing, achievement, accomplishment, realization, completion
formal effectuation
informal caper
2Effort; activity: it would take some doing to calm him down
3 informal , chiefly British A beating or scolding: someone had given her a doing

Phrases

be someone's doing

1
Be the creation or fault of the person named: he looked at Lisa as though it was all her doing
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • The second and third times were her doing, so I can hardly regret those.

Words that rhyme with doing

bluing, misdoing

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