Synonyms of do
1 performDictionary • I was trying to do some work.
perform • people who have performed outstanding acts of bravery
work • Modern medicine can work miracles.
achieve • There are many who will work hard to achieve these goals.
complete • He had just completed his first novel.
conclude • If the clubs cannot conclude a deal, an independent tribunal will decide.
accomplish • If we all work together, I think we can accomplish our goal.
execute • We are going to execute our campaign plan to the letter.
discharge • the quiet competence with which he discharged his many duties
transact • This would free them to transact business across the state lines.
2 behaveDictionary • I go where I will and I do as I please.
behave • He'd behaved badly.
act • a gang of youths who were acting suspiciously
conduct yourself • The way he conducts himself reflects on the party.
deport yourself • Try to deport yourselves like civilized human beings.
acquit yourself • Most men acquitted themselves well throughout the action.
3 makeDictionary • I'll do the dinner, you can help.
make • You wash while I make some lunch.
prepare • She found him in the kitchen, preparing dinner.
fix • She fixed some food for us.
arrange • She arranged an appointment for Friday afternoon.
organize • We need someone to help organize our campaign.
be responsible for
make ready • I'll have a room made ready for him.
4 solveDictionary • I could have done the crossword.
solve • Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.
resolve • We must find a way to resolve these problems.
decode • The secret documents were intercepted and decoded.
decipher • I'm still no closer to deciphering the code.
5 get onDictionary • She did well at school.
get on • I asked how he was getting on.
manage • How did your mother manage when he left?
fare • He was not faring well.
proceed • The defence is not yet ready to proceed with the trial.
make out • He wondered how they were making out.
prosper • The high street banks continue to prosper.
get along • You can't get along without money.
6 work as • And what does he do for a living?
be employed at
earn a living at
have as an occupation
have as a profession
7 presentDictionary • I've always wanted to do a show on his life.
present • The theatre is presenting a new production of `Hamlet'.
give • She stretched her arms out and gave a great yawn.
show • What made you decide to show your paintings?
act • She told her parents of her desire to act.
produce • He produced Broadway's longest show.
stage • She staged her first play in the late 1970s.
perform • students performing Shakespeare's Macbeth
mount • mounting an exhibition of historical Tiffany jewellery
8 be adequate • A plain old `I love you' won't do.
answer • We must ensure we answer real needs.
serve • This little book should serve.
suit • They will only release information if it suits them.
satisfy • The procedures should satisfy certain basic requirements.
suffice • A far shorter letter will suffice.
be of use
cut the mustard
fill the bill (informal)
9 cheatDictionary (informal) • I'll tell you how they did me.
cheat • He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.
trick • He'll be upset when he finds out how you tricked him.
con (informal) • He claimed that the businessman had conned him out of his life savings.
deceive • He has deceived and disillusioned us all.
fleece • She claims he fleeced her out of thousands of pounds.
hoax • He recently hoaxed Nelson Mandela by pretending to be Tony Blair.
defraud • He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government.
dupe • Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.
swindle • He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.
take (someone) for a ride (informal)
pull a fast one on (informal)
10 produceDictionary • The company have done a range of tops.
produce • The company produces circuitry for communications systems.
make • They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
create • He's creating a whole new language of painting
develop • Several countries developed nuclear weapons secretly.
manufacture • The first three models are being manufactured at our factory in Manchester.
construct • The boxes should be constructed from rough-sawn timber.
invent • He invented the first electric clock.
originate • No-one knows who originated this story.
fabricate • All the tools are fabricated from high-quality steel.
11 decorateDictionary • The bedroom is done in lavenders and pinks.
decorate • a small, badly decorated office
paper • We have papered this room in grey.
paint • They painted the walls yellow.
renovate • They spent thousands renovating the house.
do up (informal)
12 designDictionary • I did her hair and her make-up.
design • a compromise designed to please everyone
style • classically styled clothes
dress • He's so careless about dressing his hair.
arrange • The songs were arranged by a well-known pianist.
fashion • The desk was fashioned out of oak.
shape • Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
adapt • Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office.
tailor • scripts tailored to American comedy audiences
13 grantDictionary • Would you do me a favour?
grant • France has agreed to grant him political asylum.
give • a citizen's charter giving rights to gays
allow • Please allow 28 days for delivery.
accord • On his return home, the government accorded him the rank of Colonel.
permit • I was permitted to bring my camera into the concert.
render • a powerful, bizarre, and beautifully rendered story
confer • An honorary degree was conferred on him by Newcastle University in 1976.
bestow • The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him.
14 studyDictionary • She's doing English for her Higher Certificate.
read • He read through the pages slowly and carefully.
research • They research the needs of both employers and staff.
investigate • Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
analyse • This book teaches you to analyse causes of stress in your life.
read up on
take a course in
take classes in
swot (up) on (British, informal)
15 travel at • He was clocked doing 138mph.
16 visitDictionary (informal) • Families doing Europe can hire one of these motor-homes.
visit • He'll be visiting four cities, including Cagliari in Sardinia.
tour in or around
take in (informal)
journey through or around
travel in or around
partyDictionary (informal British, New Zealand) • They always have all-night dos there., mainly
party • We threw a huge birthday party.
gathering • He spoke today before a large gathering of world leaders.
function • We were going down to a function in London.
social • church socials
affair • Breakfast will be a cheerless affair for the minister this morning.
occasion • It will be a unique family occasion.
celebration • There was a celebration in our house that night.
reception • a glittering wedding reception
bash (informal) • one of the biggest showbiz bashes of the year
rave (British, slang) • an all-night rave
get-together (informal) • I arranged a get-together at my home.
festivity • The festivities included a firework display.
knees-up (British, informal)
beano (British, slang)
rave-up (British, slang)
hooley or hoolie mainly Irish, New Zealand)
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ do away with someone
IDIOMS:▷ do for something or someone
PROVERB:Do unto others what you would they should do unto you
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accomplishIf you accomplish something, you succeed in doing it.
• If we all work together, I think we can accomplish our goal.
bring off (informal),
put the tin lid on
bring off (informal),
put the tin lid on
• On his return home, the government accorded him the rank of Colonel.
achieveIf you achieve a particular aim or effect, you succeed in doing it or causing it to happen, usually after a lot of effort.
• There are many who will work hard to achieve these goals.
Thesaurus for do from the Collins English Thesaurus
to perform or complete (a deed or action)