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DID, preterit of do, contracted from doed. I did thou didst, he did; we did you or ye did they did

Have ye not read what David did when he was hungry? Matthew 12:3.

The proper signification is, made, executed, performed; but it is used also to express the state of health.

And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the womens house, to know how Esther did Esther 2:4.

DID is used as the sign of the past tense of verbs, particularly in interrogative and negative sentences; as, did he command you to go? He did not command me. It is also used to express emphasis; as, I did love him beyond measure.