[ gawn, gon ]
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  1. past participle of go1.

  1. departed; left.

  2. lost or hopeless.

  1. that has passed away; dead.

  2. weak and faint: a gone feeling.

  3. used up.

  4. Slang.

    • pregnant: two months gone.

    • great; outstanding.

    • exhilarated; inspired.

Idioms about gone

  1. far gone,

    • much advanced; deeply involved.

    • nearly exhausted; almost worn out.

    • dying: The rescue party finally reached the scene of the crash, but most of the survivors were already far gone.

  2. gone on, Informal. infatuated with; in love with: He is still gone on the woman who jilted him.

Origin of gone

First recorded in 1580–90, for the adjective

Words Nearby gone

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How to use gone in a sentence

  • And he was gone, and out of sight on the swift galloping Benito, before Father Gaspara bethought himself.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Vicars' wives had come and gone, but all had submitted, some after a brief struggle, to old Mrs. Wurzel's sway.

  • Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.

    Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
  • As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.

  • He, with others, thinking the miss-sahib had gone to church, was smoking the hookah of gossip in a neighboring compound.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy

British Dictionary definitions for gone


/ (ɡɒn) /

  1. the past participle of go 1

adjective(usually postpositive)
  1. ended; past

  2. lost; ruined (esp in the phrases gone goose or gosling)

  1. dead or near to death

  2. spent; consumed; used up

  3. informal faint or weak

  4. informal having been pregnant (for a specified time): six months gone

  5. (usually foll by on) slang in love (with)

  6. slang in an exhilarated state, as through music or the use of drugs

  7. gone out informal blank and without comprehension, as if stupefied in surprise

  1. past: it's gone midnight

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with gone


In addition to the idioms beginning with gone

  • gone coon, a
  • gone goose
  • gone with the wind

also see:

  • a goner
  • all gone
  • dead and buried (gone)
  • far gone
  • going, going, gone
  • here today, gone tomorrow
  • to hell and gone

Also see undergo.

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