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Definition of done

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of do



Definition of done (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : arrived at or brought to an end One more question and we're done.
2 : doomed to failure, defeat, or death
3 : gone by : over The day of the circus big top is done.
4 : physically exhausted
5 food : cooked sufficiently Check to see if the meat is done.
6 : conformable to social convention not the done thing

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Examples of done in a Sentence

Adjective Check to see if the meat is done. Getting a divorce just wasn't done at the time.

First Known Use of done


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of done was in the 14th century

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“Done.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of done

: cooked completely or enough
: socially acceptable or fashionable


Kids Definition of done

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of do



Kids Definition of done (Entry 2 of 2)

1 used to say that something has ended Are you done with the scissors?
2 : cooked completely or enough The cake is done.
3 : socially acceptable or fashionable "They say he sat at the foot of the king." "It is simply not done!"…— Kate Di Camillo, The Tale of Despereaux
done for
: doomed to failure, punishment, defeat, or death

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