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 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 Lady Gaga's natural, undone look on the Vogue cover mimics that of her on-screen character in A Star Is Born; and in fact, going makeup-free actually helped her get the role. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Covers the “Vogue” October Issue Wearing $50 of Drugstore Makeup," 11 Sep. 2018 Uma Thurman, Amanda Seyfried, Sza, Katherine Langford, Diane Kruger, Sienna Miller and Selena Gomez focused on the heavenly aspect of the night’s theme, donning ethereal makeup and soft, slightly undone hair. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "At the Met Gala, stars show off their saintly side with classic looks. Here are 6 major beauty trends," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of undone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Undone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undone. Accessed 27 January 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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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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