from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having been carried out or accomplished; finished.
  • adjective Cooked adequately.
  • adjective Socially acceptable.
  • adjective Informal Totally worn out; exhausted.
  • idiom (be done) To have finished something.
  • idiom (done for) Doomed to death or destruction.
  • idiom Informal (done in) Totally worn out; exhausted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • As an auxiliary, used to express completed action: originally causal after have or had, followed by an object infinitive; in present use the have or had is often omitted and the infinitive turned into a preterit, leaving done as a mere preterit sign.
  • Completed; finished; decided; accepted: used in an exclamatory way to signify acceptance of a proposition, as a wager.
  • Completely used up; thoroughly fatigued; tired out: sometimes with out or up (or with for: see to do for, under do, verb).
  • Completed; executed; issued; made public: used chiefly in the concluding clause of a formal document, expressing the place at which and the date on which it received official sanction and became valid: as, done at Washington this 15th day of May, etc.
  • An obsolete form of the infinitive (and present indicative plural) of do.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Given; executed; issued; made public; -- used chiefly in the clause giving the date of a proclamation or public act.
  • Performed; executed; finished.
  • It is done or agreed; let it be a match or bargain; -- used elliptically.
  • [Colloq.] a phrase in cookery; applied figuratively to one who has been thoroughly deceived, cheated, or fooled.
  • [Colloq.] tired out; used up; collapsed; destroyed; dead; killed.
  • [Colloq.] Worn out; exhausted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of food Ready, fully cooked.
  • adjective In a state of having completed or finished an activity.
  • adjective Being exhausted or fully spent.
  • adjective Without hope or prospect of completion or success.
  • adjective Fashionable, socially acceptable, tasteful.
  • verb Past participle of do
  • verb African American Vernacular Used in forming the perfective aspect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having finished or arrived at completion
  • adjective cooked until ready to serve


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  • I abhor the common use of done to mean finished.

    July 31, 2007

  • I agree. I'm done with it. ;-)

    July 31, 2007

  • Alas, I have offended. I am undone!

    August 1, 2007

  • Well, there are fifty-two other definitions to choose from!

    August 2, 2007

  • Ha! Good point!

    August 2, 2007

  • I also agree..although i realize i am 5 years late on this topic. Haha!

    April 3, 2012

  • Well done.

    April 3, 2012