Definition of done in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʌn
past participle of do1.



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a done deal

An agreement that has been finalized: although a few details still had to be worked out, the settlement was a done deal
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  • We are assuming it's a done deal, in the way they're talking and presenting their plans.
  • Even now, when the cat is out of the bag, they still want to brush aside reasoned argument and hide the project from public scrutiny until it's a done deal.
  • Also we were told that it was a done deal, although it was only a plan at that stage and consultation was to take place.

done for

informal In a situation so bad that it is impossible to get out: if the guard sees us, we’re done for
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  • At the end of the fifth book about the schoolboy spy, we thought our young hero was done for.
  • We thought it was done for but then after much jumping up and down and sand throwing we unbeached it.

done in (or up)

informal Extremely tired: you look done in
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worn out, exhausted, fatigued, tired, tired out, weary, wearied, strained, drained, worn, sapped, spent, washed out, on one's last legs
informal worn to a frazzle, done, all in, dog-tired, dead on one's feet, dead beat, fit to drop, played out, fagged out, shattered, bushed
British informal knackered, whacked
North American informal pooped, tuckered out



informal sense 1 of the adjective. check the meat for doneness during the last 20 minutes of cooking
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  • In the box below is a guide to other cuts and degrees of doneness.
  • Check meat for doneness with an instant-read meat thermometer.
  • Unwrap a corner and check for doneness (it will depend, in part, on how hot your barbecue is and the type of potato you've used).

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