\ 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 onwas 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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Things haven't quite gone to plan for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side this season, despite positive results on the whole. SI.com, "Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 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, "Jojo Rabbit Is a Fraught Tonal Experiment," 17 Oct. 2019 Miami went in having gone 3-3 over its six previous contests – which in 2019 Marlins-dom, feels like a six-game win streak. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 With Johnson, Woodland and Watson gone, that leaves just Rickie Fowler, the world’s No. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic: Big names make early exits at Detroit Golf Club," 28 June 2019 This is the eighth Women's World Cup and the United States has gone 3-0 in group play three times before — strong, early performances that led to two championships (1991, 1999) and one third-place finish (2003). NBC News, "U.S. women beat Sweden at World Cup 2-0, complete group play undefeated," 20 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 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 Neither Lue nor the organization expects him to be gone long -- both sides say certainly before the playoffs start in mid-April, but maybe even before the month is out. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Larry Drew learned Cavaliers were his 'show' in 1:30 a.m. text from Tyronn Lue," 19 Mar. 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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30 Nov 2019

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“Gone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gone?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=go000003. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce gone (audio)

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.
\ ˈgȯn also ˈgän \

Medical Definition of gone

: pregnant she's six months gone

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