Meaning of done in English:


Pronunciation /dʌn/

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  • past participle of do


  • 1(of food) cooked thoroughly.

    ‘the turkey will be done to a turn’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I sat down at the table and when the food was done, he pulled it out and sat it in front of me and then sat down.’
    • ‘When the food was done, she put some in two bowls and carried them into the living room.’
    • ‘Our hot dogs were soon done and we sat down on a blanket by the fire together, eating our lunch.’
    • ‘Add four tablespoons of water and cook, uncovered, until the cabbage is done but still crisp.’
    cooked, ready, cooked through, tender, crisp, browned
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  • 2No longer happening or existing.

    • ‘her hunting days were done’
    over, at an end, finished, ended, concluded, terminated, no more, extinct, dead, run, gone, dead and gone, dead and buried, forgotten, over and done with, a thing of the past, in the past, ancient history
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  • 3British informal Socially acceptable.

    • ‘therapy was not the done thing then’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is also apparently not the done thing for staff members to laze about on the lawns openly staring at the girls.’
    • ‘A percentage tip left on the bar in a pub is not the done thing - although in a bar or club it's fine.’
    • ‘It's not the done thing to grab something off a stranger in the supermarket just so you can check it out, is it?’
    • ‘In populations where drinking cows' milk is not the done thing, lactose intolerance is still the norm.’
    • ‘It is not the done thing in the upper class circles of public schools and gentlemen's clubs to put the boot in so crudely.’
    • ‘When I was growing up it just was not the done thing for a woman to smoke outdoors.’
    proper, seemly, decorous, decent, respectable, right, correct, in order, suitable, fit, fitting, befitting, appropriate, apt
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  • 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’
    agreed, settled, all right, very well, that's a bargain, accepted, right
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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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am feeling optimistic about this election, but I don't see where everyone is getting the idea that it's a done deal.’
      • ‘This is a done deal, and I'd really appreciate it if you would have the president, you know, announce that.’
      • ‘This became a done deal after Russia agreed to ratify the agreement.’
      • ‘I want to make sure that you understand this bill is not a done deal.’
      • ‘But what the Pentagon is shying away from is saying that this is a done deal.’
      • ‘I was inclined to treat this as a joke at first, but the comments made it plain that this was considered a done deal.’
      • ‘It's far from a done deal, but he's made surprising inroads, and he's not letting up.’
    done for
    • In a situation so bad that it is impossible to get out.

      • ‘if the guard sees us, we're done for’
      • ‘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
    • Extremely tired.

      • ‘you look done in’