- not done; not accomplished or completed.
Origin of undone1
- past participle of undo.
- brought to destruction or ruin.
- to reverse the doing of; cause to be as if never done: Murder once done can never be undone.
- to do away with; erase; efface: to undo the havoc done by the storm.
- to bring to ruin or disaster; destroy: In the end his lies undid him.
- to unfasten by releasing: to undo a gate; to undo a button.
- to untie or loose (a knot, rope, etc.).
- to open (a package, wrapping, etc.).
- Archaic. to explain; interpret.
Origin of undo
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Examples from the Web for undone
Our plan to meet him early last year was undone when he was killed by a drone strike in the Korengal.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
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She was becoming so unraveled and undone, so it was nice that she was forced into that old ray of dealing with clients.Kerry Washington’s Favorite ‘Scandal’ Season 3 Moments
August 8, 2014
But people are becoming increasingly worried about the damage that cannot be undone.Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping
June 2, 2014
I hadn't heard "Undone (The Sweater Song)" yet; in fact, I'd never even heard of Weezer.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
Weir and Voronov are certainly not the first couple to be undone by text messages.Does Your Marriage Need a Digital Privacy Clause?
April 17, 2014
I tell you, lad, that I am all undone, like a fretted bow-string.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Mali-ya-bwana, under his directions, had undone the loads containing the lanterns.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
I must make him believe that I prefer a commoner for my son-in-law, or we are all undone with him.
It is done—it cannot be undone: I am a weak, ruined, dishonoured wretch!
I care not on what terms I have it—I care not what becomes of me—I am undone!Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- not done or completed; unfinished
- ruined; destroyed
- unfastened; untied
- (also intr) to untie, unwrap, or open or become untied, unwrapped, etc
- to reverse the effects of
- to cause the downfall of
- obsolete to explain or solve
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Word Origin and History for undone
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