Synonyms of do in English:

do

verb

  • 1 she is expected to do most of the manual work
    carry out, undertake, discharge, execute, perpetrate, perform, accomplish, implement, achieve, complete, finish, conclude; bring about, engineer, effect, realize
    informal pull off
  • 2 they are free to do as they please
  • 3 if you can't get espresso, regular coffee will do
    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
    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 the company have done a small range of V-neck tops
    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
  • 7 her maid would dress her and then do her hair
    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
    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
    grant, pay, render, afford, give, bestow
  • 10 I'm doing the VAT on a multiple dispatch show me how these equations should be done
    work out, figure out, calculate, add up; solve, resolve, puzzle out, decipher; Britishtot up
  • 11 she's doing archaeology at university
    study, read, learn, take a course in, take classes in, be taught
  • 12 what does he do?
    do for a living, work at, be employed as, earn a living as/at; what is …'s job?
  • 13 he was doing well at college
    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
  • 15 the cyclists do 30 to 40 miles per day
    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 informal we're doing Scotland this summer
    visit, tour, sightsee in, look around/round, take in the sights of
  • Phrases

    do away with

  • 1 they want to do away with the old customs
    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
    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

    informal he loves an opportunity to do down his colleaguesbelittledisparagedenigraterun downdeprecatedepreciatecast aspersions ondiscreditvilifydefamedecrycriticizeabuseinsultmalignNorth Americanslur informaldo a hatchet job ontake to piecestake apartpull apartpick holes indrag through the mudhave a go athit out atknockslampanbashbad-mouthlook down one's nose atBritish informalrubbishslateslag off rareaspersederogateminify

    do for someone

    informal
  • 1 if we lose those values, we are done for
    ruin, destroy, reduce to nothing, spoil, mar, injure, blight, shatter, scotch, mess up
    British informal scupper
    Australian informal euchre
    vulgar slang fuck up
  • 2 it was drink that did for him
    kill, cause the death of, take/end the life of, finish off
    informal polish off, do in, knock off, take out
    literary slay
  • do someone/something in

  • 1 the poor devil's been done in
    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 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 informal 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
    wear out, tire out, exhaust, fatigue, weary, overtire, drain, prostrate, enervate, devitalize
    informal fag out, shatter, whack, poop, take it out of
  • 3 I did my back in and I can't work any more
    injure, hurt, damage, maim, cripple, disable, paralyse
    British informal knacker
  • informal

    do something out

    British informal the basement is done out in limed oakdecoratefurnishadornornamentembellishdeck outtrick outtrim informaldo upBritish informaltart up

    do someone out of something

    he tried to do them out of their livestock profitsswindle out ofcheat out oftrick out ofprevent from havingprevent from gainingdeprive ofdispossess ofrob ofstrip ofrelieve of informalcon out ofdiddle out of

    do someone over

    informal
    some men had been sent to do him overbeat upassaultattackmugbatterthrashpummelpound informalknock about/aroundwork overclobberrough upfill inbeat the living daylights out oflet someone have itBritish informalhave a go atduff someone upNorth American informalbeat up on

    do something up

  • 1 she stopped to do her bootlace up
    fasten, tie, tie up, lace, knot, make a knot in, tie a bow in; make fast, secure, bind, tighten
    [Antonyms] undo
  • 2 informal he's had his house done up
    renovate, refurbish, refit, restore, redecorate, decorate, revamp, make over, modernize, improve, spruce up, smarten up, brighten up, prettify, enhance
    informal fix up, vamp up, give something a facelift
    British informal tart up, posh up
    North American informal rehab
  • do without

    they were forced to do without certain bodily comfortsforgodispense withabstain fromrefrain fromeschewgive uprenounceforswearswear offkeep offkeep away frommanage without informallay offcut outquitgive something a miss

    have nothing to do with

    we have nothing to do with it and ignore itsteer clear ofavoidshunevadeeschewshy away fromfight shy ofrecoil fromkeep away fromkeep one's distance fromgive a wide berth toleave alonesnubgive someone the cold shouldercold-shoulderignoreturn one's back on

    have something to do with

    what does this have to do with me? training has nothing to do with strengthrelate toapply tobe relevant tohave relevance toconcernrefer tohave reference tobelong topertain tobe pertinent tobear onhave a bearing onappertain toaffectinvolvecovertouch archaicregard

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  • British informal he invited us to this do in his mansion
    party, reception, gathering, celebration, function, affair, event, social event, social occasion, social function, social; Frenchsoirée; West Indianjump-up; Jewishsimcha; North Americanlevee
    informal bash, blowout, rave, shindig, shindy, shebang, junket
    British informal rave-up, thrash, knees-up, jolly, beanfeast, bunfight, beano
    Australian/New Zealand informal shivoo, rage, jollo
    South African informal jol
    informal , dated ding-dong
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