Definition of done in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Add four tablespoons of water and cook, uncovered, until the cabbage is done but still crisp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our hot dogs were soon done and we sat down on a blanket by the fire together, eating our lunch.’
    • ‘When the food was done, she put some in two bowls and carried them into the living room.’
    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's not the done thing to grab something off a stranger in the supermarket just so you can check it out, is it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I was growing up it just was not the done thing for a woman to smoke outdoors.’
    • ‘It is also apparently not the done thing for staff members to laze about on the lawns openly staring at the girls.’
    • ‘It is not the done thing to listen to music through headphones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In populations where drinking cows' milk is not the done thing, lactose intolerance is still the norm.’
    • ‘A percentage tip left on the bar in a pub is not the done thing - although in a bar or club it's fine.’
    • ‘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, 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’
      • ‘This became a done deal after Russia agreed to ratify the agreement.’
      • ‘We are assuming it's a done deal, in the way they're talking and presenting their plans.’
      • ‘This is a done deal, and I'd really appreciate it if you would have the president, you know, announce that.’
      • ‘I am feeling optimistic about this election, but I don't see where everyone is getting the idea that it's a done deal.’
      • ‘But what the Pentagon is shying away from is saying that this is a done deal.’
      • ‘I want to make sure that you understand this bill is not 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.’
      • ‘It's far from a done deal, but he's made surprising inroads, and he's not letting up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was inclined to treat this as a joke at first, but the comments made it plain that this was considered a done deal.’
  • done for

    • informal In a situation so bad that it is impossible to get out.

      ‘if the guard sees us, we're done for’
      • ‘We thought it was done for but then after much jumping up and down and sand throwing we unbeached it.’
      • ‘At the end of the fifth book about the schoolboy spy, we thought our young hero was done for.’
      ruined, finished, destroyed, broken, wrecked, undone, doomed, lost, defeated, beaten, foiled, frustrated, thwarted
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  • done in (or up)

    • informal Extremely tired.

      ‘you look done in’
      worn out, exhausted, fatigued, tired, tired out, weary, wearied, strained, drained, worn, sapped, spent, washed out, on one's last legs
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