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

  • adjective Being away from a place; absent or having departed.
  • adjective Missing or lost.
  • adjective No longer in existence; not part of the present.
  • adjective No longer available; used up.
  • adjective No longer alive; dead.
  • adjective Past; bygone.
  • adjective Advanced, as in illness or deterioration.
  • adjective Ruined; lost.
  • adjective Carried away; absorbed.
  • adjective Slang Infatuated.
  • adjective Slang Pregnant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lapsed; lost; hopeless; beyond recovery: in a gone case and similar phrases.
  • Characterized by a sinking sensation, as if about to faint; weak and faint: as, a gone feeling.
  • In archery, wide of the mark or beyond bounds: said of an arrow.

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

  • p. p. of go.

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

  • verb Past participle of go
  • adjective Away, having left.
  • adjective figuratively No longer part of the present situation.
  • adjective No longer existing, having passed.
  • adjective Used up.
  • adjective Dead.
  • adjective colloquial Intoxicated to the point of being unaware of one's surroundings
  • adjective colloquial Excellent; wonderful.
  • adjective archaic Ago (used post-positionally).
  • preposition UK, informal Past, after, later than (a time).

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

  • adjective destroyed or killed
  • adjective no longer retained
  • adjective well in the past; former
  • adjective dead


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  • When he was gone, the realization that he was *gone* was mind-blowing and devastating.

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  • On further inquiry, the man stated that since the cat came _down the tree_, it was a sign that his brother had gone down to hell; but had the cat _gone up the tree_, it would have shown that he had gone up to heaven.

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  • “Edgar is gone, ” said the mother, with head half bowed, —“gone to work in Nashville; he and his father couldn’t agree.

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  • Certain things in me are gone -- _gone_ -- and instead there is a fire -- something driving, tormenting -- which must burn its way out.

    Marcella Humphry Ward 1885

  • Like with domain names, once a desired username is gone … it is gone*.

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  • Like with domain names, once a desired username is gone … it is gone*.

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  • I am full of suspicion, and, therefore, listen to nothing; I am in a hurry to be gone’.59 We approach the great masters and the great things of the world when they are a little difficult to us in just this spirit: we listen to nothing, we are in a hurry to be gone.

    Later Articles and Reviews W.B. Yeats 2000

  • Get you gone, baggage! get you _gone_! "he repeated, with a stamp; for a knock at the hall-door made her instantaneous disappearance indispensable.

    Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 1843

  • Well, long after the campaign (but still campaigning like another election is tomorrow) and after one quarter of his term gone by, there seems to be a "Surge" in his plan and more rhetoric on "the end" of wars.

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  • "Mr Hicks who was the officer ashore did all in his power to entice them to him by offering them presents &c but it was to no purpose, all they seem’d to want was for us to be gone."

    - Captain Cook, Journals. On first contact with the natives of New Holland (Australia).

    February 5, 2008