\ ˈgȯn also ˈgän How to pronounce gone (audio) \

Definition of gone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lost, ruined lost looks and gone faculties— Penelope Gilliatt
b : dead
c : characterized by sinking or dropping the empty or gone feeling in the abdomen so common in elevators— H. G. Armstrong
2a : 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 man— Pete Martin
c : pregnant she's six months gone
3 : past memories of gone summers— John Cheever
4 slang : great a real gone fashion reporter— Inez Robb


Definition of gone (Entry 2 of 2)

past participle of go entry 1

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Synonyms & Antonyms for gone

Synonyms: Adjective

bygone, bypast, dead, defunct, departed, done, expired, extinct, nonextant, vanished

Antonyms: Adjective

alive, existent, existing, extant, living

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Examples of gone in a Sentence


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

But Illinois’s pension deficits are too far gone and its leaders are quickly running out of tricks. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Illinois Budget Woes: Still Smoking," 11 June 2019 There’s no other way that could’ve gone to make that any more spectacular. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU women eager to break records, win team title at NCAA track and field championships," 3 June 2019 Democrats may be too far gone to listen, in which case the only discipline would be political defeat. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Identity Meltdown," 10 Feb. 2019 While the slippers might already be gone (hopefully, there's a restock soon!), there's a good chance that more products will be going up, including the hoodie. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin Showed Off Justin Bieber's New Clothing Line – Here's Where You Can Buy It," 26 Dec. 2018 But the stories of the black conservatives who tried to tell America that something was deeply wrong with the Republican Party many of them loved deeply aren’t too far gone to be remembered, or to be retold today. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Max Boot, Jackie Robinson, and the racism problem in the Republican Party," 12 Oct. 2018 However, some lenses might just be too far gone and need either professional help or to be replaced entirely. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Headlights and Make Them Shine Like New," 2 Aug. 2018 Mentally and physically exhausted from trying to console the family members of someone gone way too soon and in a violent manner. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. Council member’s cousin among 3 shot, wounded Tuesday night," 30 May 2018 Some of the heroes should probably be gone and stay gone. Jason Parham, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About the Ending of Avengers: Infinity War," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of gone


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gone


from past participle of go

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English Language Learners Definition of gone

: not present : no longer at a place
: no longer existing
: no longer living


Kids Definition of gone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of go


\ ˈgȯn How to pronounce gone (audio) \

Kids Definition of gone (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : no longer present By the time I arrived, they were gone.
2 : no longer existing The good times are gone.


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Medical Definition of gone

: pregnant she's six months gone

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