Definition of done in English:

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Pronunciation: /dən/
past participle of do1.


US informal
1Used as a nonstandard past tense of do1: I done a lot of rodeoin'
1.1Used with a standard past tense verb to indicate absoluteness or completion: I done told you to zipper your lips


1(Of food) cooked thoroughly: the turkey will be done soon
More example sentences
  • Drain each batch as it is done and eat whilst cooking the next batch.
  • Curl up in front of the TV with your own bowl of this much-loved comfort food favourite, done my way.
  • If food is not done when you take it out of the oven you can always return it to the oven for additional time.
cooked (through), ready
1.1No longer happening or existing: her hunting days were done
over, over and done with, at an end, finished, ended, concluded, terminated, no more, dead, gone, in the past
2 informal Socially acceptable: therapy was not the done thing then
More example sentences
  • It is not the done thing to listen to music through headphones.
  • He has worked in the media for more than twenty years, and he knows, or should know, the way the world is now and what is not the done thing.
  • He's assured me that it's not the done thing to drink at lunchtime these days, but I'm not so sure.
proper, seemly, decent, respectable, right, correct, in order, fitting, appropriate, acceptable, the done thing


Used to indicate that the speaker accepts the terms of an offer: “I’ll give ten to one he misses by a mile!” called Reilly. “Done,” said the conductor



a done deal

An agreement that has been finalized.
Example sentences
  • 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 he gets them, we’ll all be done for
More example sentences
  • 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.
ruined, finished, destroyed, undone, doomed, lost
informal washed up

done in

informal Extremely tired: you look done in

over and done with

see over.

Words that rhyme with done

begun, bun, Donne, dun, fine-spun, forerun, fun, gun, Gunn, hon, Hun, none, nun, one, one-to-one, outdone, outgun, outrun, plus-one, pun, run, shun, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, tun, underdone, Verdun, won

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Syllabification: done

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