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done Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb engage in
    do; make.
    • make love, not war
    • make an effort
    • do research
    • do nothing
    • make revolution
  2. verb carry out or perform an action
    perform; do; execute.
    • John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters
    • the skater executed a triple pirouette
    • she did a little dance
  3. verb get (something) done
    perform; do.
    • I did my job
  4. verb proceed or get along
    fare; do; make out; come; get along.
    • How is she doing in her new job?
    • How are you making out in graduate school?
    • He's come a long way
  5. verb give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
    do; make; cause.
    • cause a commotion
    • make a stir
    • cause an accident
  6. verb carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
    practise; practice; exercise; do.
    • practice law
  7. verb be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    answer; do; suffice; serve.
    • A few words would answer
    • This car suits my purpose well
    • Will $100 do?
    • A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school
    • Nothing else will serve
  8. verb create or design, often in a certain way
    do; make.
    • Do my room in blue
    • I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest
  9. verb behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    do; behave; act.
    • You should act like an adult
    • Don't behave like a fool
    • What makes her do this way?
    • The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
  10. verb spend time in prison or in a labor camp
    do; serve.
    • He did six years for embezzlement
  11. verb carry on or function
    do; manage.
    • We could do with a little more help around here
  12. verb arrange attractively
    do; set; coiffe; coif; coiffure; dress; arrange.
    • dress my hair for the wedding
  13. verb travel or traverse (a distance)
    • This car does 150 miles per hour
    • We did 6 miles on our hike every day
  14. adjective satellite having finished or arrived at completion
    through; through with.
    • certain to make history before he's done
    • it's a done deed
    • after the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up
    • almost through with his studies
  15. adjective satellite cooked until ready to serve

Done p. p. from Do
  1. Performed; executed; finished.
  2. It is done or agreed; let it be a match or bargain; -- used elliptically.
Done adjective
Prob. corrupted from OF. doné, F. donné, p. p. of OF. doner, F. donner, to give, issue, fr. L. donare to give. See Donate, and cf. Donee.
  1. Given; executed; issued; made public; -- used chiefly in the clause giving the date of a proclamation or public act.

Webster 1913

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