Definition of well done in English:

well done


  • 1(of a task or undertaking) carried out successfully or satisfactorily.

    ‘the decoration is very well done’
    postpositive ‘the satisfaction of a job well done’
    • ‘We also know that it is better to acknowledge when work is below one's high standards, rather than letting it sit next to the kind that is well-done and written with integrity.’
    • ‘It offers just as much humour as suspense, and both elements are extremely well done.’
    • ‘Do readers really care how we got the story, or will they be satisfied with a well-done piece itself?’
    • ‘And yet, for all its faults, it was very exciting and a lot of it was very well done.’
    • ‘He was a conscientious and hard-working man who always liked to see a job well done.’
    • ‘While I didn't think the movie itself was that frightening, I thought that the video within the movie was extremely creepy and well-done.’
    • ‘It was very well done, although the fireworks didn't come across all that well on TV.’
    • ‘She has never married, knowing even then her intense and frequent high school flirtations were an imitation, a well-done performance, expressing social not biological pressures.’
    • ‘The story was a little disjointed at first, but as the film went on it started to weave seamlessly together, and although I had figured out how it was going to end, it was so well-done that I didn't care.’
    • ‘Last Sunday I watched an exceptionally well-done TV documentary featuring the plight of school-age children of migrant workers.’
    • ‘The party was well-done: it was held at the Taj hotel.’
    • ‘This film is, hands-down, one of the most successful examples of well-done visual effects in cinema ever.’
    • ‘In some ways, it's a well-done film with some strong performances and a comprehensible step-by-step depiction of the Cuban missile crisis.’
  • 2(of meat) thoroughly cooked.

    ‘well-done roast beef’
    • ‘We used to be able to eat our meat without it being well-done and cooked to a certain internal temperature.’
    • ‘I suggest you combine this therapy with a strict diet of milk, well-done steak and more milk for the ultimate in healthy complexions.’
    • ‘A dish of veal medallions turned out to be more like well-done, dryish filets of baby beef.’
    • ‘I took dinner with Ian while a hungry Ahmad enjoyed his well-done steak earlier.’
    • ‘Now she sat in a small, rather dirty tavern, pretending the meat in front of her was a well-done steak.’
    • ‘I asked for a well-done steak and it turned up just as I ordered, well presented, along with one of those little salad bowls that arrives drowned in thousand island dressing, regrettably too sweet and too much.’
    • ‘Go and prepare dinner, Anton, and please make the meat well-done.’
    • ‘All the meats should be well-done after one hour.’


  • Used to express congratulation or approval.

    ‘Well done—you've worked very hard!’
    • ‘If you have managed to peruse this without falling asleep then well done!’
    • ‘Congratulations and well done to all and best of luck to them for the coming year.’
    • ‘Congratulations and well done to both girls and best of luck to them in the coming season.’
    • ‘This was an excellent result for their first outing so congratulations and well done.’
    • ‘Congratulations and well done to all who helped to make the evening such a success.’
    • ‘He was never one to get too much over the top, just a ‘well done’, a smile, and he'd get on with his job.’
    • ‘I was back up in Northern Ireland and everybody seemed to pat me on the back and say well done.’
    crunchy, crispy, brittle, crumbly, breakable, shatterable, friable, frangible
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