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[ duhn ]


  1. past participle of do 1.
  2. Nonstandard. a simple past tense of do 1.

auxiliary verb

  1. Nonstandard: South Midland and Southern U.S. (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.


/ dʌn /


  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 finished

    have 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 enough

    done to a turn

  3. used up

    they had to surrender when the ammunition was done

  4. socially proper or acceptable

    that 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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Usage Note

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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Other Words From

  • half-done adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of done1

First recorded before 900, for the adjective

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Idioms and Phrases

  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.

More idioms and phrases containing done

  • easier said than done
  • good as done
  • have done (with)
  • no sooner said (than done)
  • not done
  • over and done with
  • seen one, seen them all (been there, done that)
  • what's done is done
  • when all's said and done
  • do

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Example Sentences

But the other thing that needs to be done is for us citizens to do.

Newspapers around Europe have also done so in solidarity with the slain.

Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.

He made clear that he fully appreciated what the cops had done.

Because I was going more on about how things had already been done.

You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts, you will be ruined; for ruin and recovery are both from within.

Done, says he, why let fifty of our men advance, and flank them on each wing.

By the time I had done my toilette there was a tap at the door, and in another minute I was in the salle--manger.

And is this a mere fantastic talk, or is this a thing that could be done and that ought to be done?

If it took years to do it, you shall never stir out of this house till it is done.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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