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 Last year’s erasure of the city’s nightlife, culture, dining and shopping — the things that make New York New York — would be suddenly undone. New York Times, "Sudden Decision to Reopen Leaves New Yorkers Dizzy and Divided," 4 May 2021 Most of the West Side trail segments have been built, but the ecosystem restoration has largely been left undone. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "West Side residents hope creek restoration, more trails will revitalize community," 1 May 2021 No matter how polished, there’s still a certain way these pieces feel whimsical, undone, and even imperfect—all of which are appealing traits at the moment. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "Knitted, Stitched, or Crocheted—Shop Textured Pieces for Spring," 19 Apr. 2021 But whereas Surtain became a master technician in college to position himself to become a potential top-10 pick in April, Campbell is too often undone by his own missteps. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "10 boom-or-bust prospects in 2021 NFL draft: Trey Lance, Zach Wilson leave question marks," 17 Apr. 2021 In every collection, there are fabrics that are undone and reworked to look like something else, and that is the case here. Allyson Portee, Forbes, "George Chakra Spring-Summer 2021 Collection Is A Garden Of Life," 28 Apr. 2021 An independent monitor's report last month showed the city has made some progress on putting changes in place, but that significant work remains undone. BostonGlobe.com, "Latino groups want DOJ to probe fatal shooting of Adam Toledo by Chicago police," 20 Apr. 2021 An independent monitor's report last month showed that the city has made some progress on putting changes in place, but that significant work remains undone. Sara Burnett, Star Tribune, "Despite growing chorus, DOJ is limited in police probes," 20 Apr. 2021 She’s a woman who’s completely become undone and there’s something really thrilling about arriving at that point. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Serpent Star Jenna Coleman on the “Rollercoaster” of Playing Marie-Andrée Leclerc," 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of undone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2021

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“Undone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undone. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undone

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


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

Kids Definition of undone

: not done or finished

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