gone

1 of 2

adjective

ˈgȯn How to pronounce gone (audio)
 also  ˈgän
1
a
: lost, ruined
lost looks and gone facultiesPenelope Gilliatt
b
: dead
c
: characterized by sinking or dropping
the empty or gone feeling in the abdomen so common in elevatorsH. G. Armstrong
2
a
: involved, absorbed
far gone in hysteria
b
: possessed with a strong attachment or a foolish or unreasoning love or desire : infatuated
often used with on
was real gone on that manPete Martin
c
: pregnant
she's six months gone
3
: past
memories of gone summersJohn Cheever
4
slang : great
a real gone fashion reporterInez Robb

gone

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past participle of go entry 1

Examples of gone in a Sentence

Adjective She should have been back by now. She's been gone for more than an hour. The outfielder went back to the fence and jumped, but the ball was gone.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
People have found out in the process — some who’ve gone virtual — their attendance has gone way up. Peggy O’Hare, ExpressNews.com, 7 May 2020 Inspired by Eusope’s great-grandfather’s recipe, the palm-size puffs are maddeningly delicious and gone much too soon. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 12 Mar. 2020 Hanks and Wilson, both 63, are the first major entertainment figures who appear to have caught the illness, and who’ve gone public with the news. Dan Singer, Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2020 During the final season of Friends, Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) chose pianist Mike (Paul Rudd) over scientist David (Hank Azaria) The romantic conclusion for Phoebe Buffay in Friends‘ final season could’ve gone much differently. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, 10 Dec. 2019 Be gone, debt: The University of Phoenix cancels $141 million in student loan debt. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2019 The rifle pictured has an aftermarket synthetic stock on it which replaced a wooden stock that was too far gone for repair—another reason this rifle makes an excellent camp gun. Craig Caudill, Outdoor Life, 13 Nov. 2019 Things haven't quite gone to plan for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side this season, despite positive results on the whole. SI.com, 30 Oct. 2019 Much of the film’s early conflict derives from Rosie’s fear that Jojo is too far gone—that the ideology of a regime that’s existed his whole life has irrevocably brainwashed him. David Sims, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

from past participle of go

First Known Use

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gone was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Gone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gone. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

gone

adjective
ˈgȯn How to pronounce gone (audio)
 also  ˈgän
1
2
a
: being advanced, involved, or absorbed
far gone in grief
b
: being infatuated
gone on each other

Medical Definition

gone

adjective
ˈgȯn also ˈgän
: pregnant
she's six months gone

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