Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Contraction of do not.
  • Nonstandard Contraction of does not.
  • n. A statement of what should not be done: a list of the dos and don'ts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Contraction of do not.
  • Contraction of does not.
  • Used before an emphatic negative subject.
  • interj. Stop!, Don't do that!
  • n. Something that must not be done (usually in the phrase dos and don’ts).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contraction of do not, common in colloquial language, and, more improperly, as a contraction of does not (doesn't).

Etymologies

From do +‎ -n't. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But many using the term don't really understand what they are saying.

    Tribeca Film: Future of Film: Why Transmedia is Catching On

  • Part of the challenge is that they're confusing to both the clients and the employees: The term don't believe agencies that advertise as nonsexual.

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  • To date, nobody can say exactly who or what he is—his clothes, his pose, his expression don't add up.

    A Mysterious Stranger in China

  • Teams that believe they're a year away from a title don't undergo the kind of organizational housecleaning the Mets did last fall.

    Pelfrey Was Only Telling the Truth

  • Google went beyond the phrase "don't be evil" and demonstrated its capacity to do the right thing and not throw its employees under the bus.

  • Representative Michele Bachmann on Wednesday repeated the phrase "don't settle" over and over to students at Liberty University, founded by the Rev.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The kinds of skyscrapers that bear his name don't get built by people with small egos and a lack of self confidence.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • And Murray made a sharply critical reference to what she called the "don't touch ours" theme of TV ads aired by the American Association of Retired Persons AARP.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News

  • • Winner -- Quarterbacks who enter the league with a second- or third-round label don't get anywhere near the same level of respect we shower upon the celebrated first-rounders, but that doesn't seem to be holding back the likes of Colt McCoy, John Beck, Charlie Whitehurst or Ryan Mallett this preseason.

    SI.com

  • Well I guess what you don't see and most of the people probably on this call don't see is that we are a part of a larger organization with REIT management research and we do have multiple divisions within the company and as new properties are added to the portfolio, people are being added to the ranks to take on the responsibility or realign responsibilities.

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