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  1. past participle of do1.
  2. Nonstandard. a simple past tense of do1.
auxiliary verb
  1. South Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard. (used with a principal verb in the past or, sometimes, present tense to indicate completed action): I done told you so. He done eat his lunch.
  1. completed; finished; through: Our work is done.
  2. cooked sufficiently.
  3. worn out; exhausted; used up.
  4. in conformity with fashion, good taste, or propriety; acceptable: It isn't done.
  1. be/have done with, to break off relations or connections with; stop.
  2. done for, Informal.
    1. tired; exhausted.
    2. deprived of one's means, position, etc.
    3. dead or close to death.
  3. done in, Informal. very tired; exhausted: He was really done in after a close race.
Related formshalf-done, adjective

Usage note

4. In the adjectival sense “completed, finished, through,” done dates from the 14th century and is entirely standard: Is your portrait done yet?
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British Dictionary definitions for done for


  1. the past participle of do 1
  2. be done with or have done with to end relations with
  3. have done to be completely finishedhave you done?
  4. that's done it
    1. an exclamation of frustration when something is ruined
    2. an exclamation when something is completed
  1. an expression of agreement, as on the settlement of a bargain between two parties
  1. completed; finished
  2. cooked enoughdone to a turn
  3. used upthey had to surrender when the ammunition was done
  4. socially proper or acceptablethat isn't done in higher circles
  5. informal cheated; tricked
  6. done for informal
    1. dead or almost dead
    2. in serious difficulty
  7. done in or done up informal physically exhausted
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Word Origin and History for done for


past participle of do; from Old English past participle gedon (a vestige of the prefix is in ado). U.S. Southern use of done in phrases like "he done gone to the store" is attested from 1827, according to OED: "a perfective auxiliary or with adverbial force in the sense 'already; completely.' " Meaning "finished" is early 15c. Slang done for "doomed" is from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with done for

done for


Exhausted, worn out, as in This old computer is just about done for. [Colloquial; c. 1800] Also see done in.


Doomed to death or destruction, as in Before he went to the hospital it seemed as if he was done for. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

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