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do good

1. To have a positive effect on someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "do" and "good." If you're feeling sad, getting out in the sunlight should do you a world of good.
2. To focus one's energy on charitable acts. In this usage, "do good" is a set phrase. Monica has always been one to do good, so I'm not surprised to hear that she joined the Peace Corps.
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do someone good

to benefit someone. A nice hot bath really does me good. A few years in the army would do you good.
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do good

Act in an upright, moral way; engage in philanthropy. For example, Social workers are trained to help people to help themselves, not simply going around doing good . This term was first recorded in a.d. 725. Also see do any good; do one good.
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do one good

1. Be of benefit to one, as in I'm sure some fresh air will do her good. [Late 1400s]
2. Also, do one's heart good. Please, gratify, give satisfaction. For example, It does my heart good to see the young couple so happy.
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do ˈgood

be kind and generous to people who need help, for example by working for a charity: She tries to do good by visiting prisoners’ families when she can. ▶ ˌdo-ˈgooder noun (informal, disapproving) a person who tries to help others but does it in a way that is annoying
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This initiative aims to not only bring holiday cheer to hospital patients, but to give the underserved the opportunity to Do Good and share their service with their communities.
By providing the tools, know-how, and inspiration, the campaign aims to encourage people to look beyond their own situation and do good for others.
At the same time, we discovered through our efforts with the People's Inaugural Project that throughout America there is a pent-up demand for ways to do good.
The Ted Arison Family Foundation, headed by Executive Chairman Jason Arison, is the Arison Group philanthropic arm, that works to do good for society and the community through social investments and strategic philanthropy.
Our motto is, do good, do well," said Fairmount Minerals CFO Jennifer Deckard.
19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GOOD Worldwide LLC, a mission-driven business focused on helping people live well and do good, today announced the launch of good.