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

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 People have found out in the process — some who’ve gone virtual — their attendance has gone way up. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "COVID-19 has altered church, religious services, but worship still offers comfort amid coronavirus," 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, "Azalina Eusope’s triumphant San Francisco restaurant is a tribute to mamak street food," 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, "Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have coronavirus, Hanks says," 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, "Friends Co-Creator Says Phoebe Almost Ended Up with David Instead of Mike," 10 Dec. 2019 Be gone, debt: The University of Phoenix cancels $141 million in student loan debt. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Was the shooting an act of hate?," 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, "11 Used Firearms that Make Dependable Camp Guns," 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, "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

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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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“Gone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gone. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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