un·​done | \ ˌən-ˈdən How to pronounce undone (audio) \

Definition of undone

: not done : not performed or finished

Examples of undone in a Sentence

There were still some tasks left undone.
Recent Examples on the Web Embrace an ethos of artfully undone rather than classically done-up—and when in doubt, add a touch of shimmer. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Let Margot Robbie Be Your Guide to Modern Bohemian Beauty," 6 June 2019 The drug stays in a person for months after being taken, meaning it can’t be quickly undone if side effects are experienced. Fox News, "World turns to anti-virals in coronavirus fight, despite limited evidence," 24 Mar. 2020 Do away with rigid hospital corners, which can feel too stuffy in a vacation home, and lean into the look of a perfectly undone bed. Jennifer Fernandez, ELLE Decor, "5 Ways to Transform Any Beach House into a Serene Tropical Oasis," 27 Nov. 2019 Either way, the actress' latest lob is a dark-chestnut shade accented with caramel highlights and styled into subtle, undone waves that has her right on trend for summer 2019. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Sandra Bullock Just Debuted The Ultimate Summer Hairstyle," 13 July 2019 Though the multi-sized paper pendant lights exude a modern, creative, and easy, undone elegance, the space is also classic and traditional enough for formal events. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Under-$10 Trend That Looks Expensive," 4 Apr. 2019 Political turmoil in Britain in recent weeks has increased the likelihood of a disorderly exit, in which case decades of financial integration could come undone overnight on March 29, the deadline for the U.K. to leave the EU. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Bankers Don’t Flee London, Despite Exodus Predictions," 22 Feb. 2019 Markle and Prince Harry were back on their joint royal outing grind, and Markle's hair had made its triumphant return to her now-famous low, slightly undone bun. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Brought Back Her Wedding Hair For Her First Trip to Sussex," 3 Oct. 2018 But more importantly, Meghan's hair made a triumphant return to her now-famous low, slightly undone bun. Andrea Park, Allure, "Meghan Markle Wears A Bun that Looks Just Like Her Wedding Hair," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of undone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Undone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undone. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undone

: not fastened or tied
: not done : unfinished
old-fashioned : defeated or destroyed


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Kids Definition of undone

: not done or finished

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