Meaning of DONE in English

I. done 1 /dʌn/ BrE AmE

the past participle of ↑ do

II. done 2 BrE AmE adjective [not before noun, no comparative]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ do , ↑ outdo , ↑ overdo , ↑ redo , ↑ undo ; noun : ↑ deed ≠ ↑ misdeed , ↑ do , ↑ doing ; adjective : ↑ done , ↑ overdone , ↑ undone ]

1 . FINISHED finished or completed SYN finished :

The job’s nearly done.

somebody is done (with something) (=someone has finished doing or using something)

As soon as I’m done, I’ll give you a call.

Are you done with this magazine?

I’ll be glad when the exams are over and done with (=completely finished) .

2 . COOKED cooked enough to eat ⇨ overdone , underdone :

Is the pasta done yet?

3 . be done for informal to be in serious trouble or likely to fail:

If we get caught, we’re done for.

4 . done in informal extremely tired:

You look done in.

5 . be done ( also be the done thing British English ) to be socially acceptable:

Showing affection in public just isn’t done in Japan.

6 . be done with it ( also have done with it British English ) used to tell someone to stop thinking about or trying to decide something because they have already done this enough:

Just buy it and have done with it!

7 . be done British English informal to be deceived or cheated:

If you paid £50, you were done, mate!

8 . be/get done British English informal to be caught by the police for doing something illegal, but usually not too serious

be/get done for

I got done for speeding last night.

9 . a done deal informal an agreement that has been made and cannot be changed:

The merger is far from a done deal.

10 . done and dusted British English informal completely finished or completed:

It was all done and dusted within forty-five minutes.

⇨ be hard done by at ↑ hard 2 (6)

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▪ finished if something is finished, you have done all of it:

She showed him the finished drawing.


I was very pleased with the finished result.

▪ done [not before noun] finished - used especially in everyday English instead of finished :

I can’t come out till my essay’s done.


They promised the work would be done by April.

▪ complete [not before noun] completely finished – used especially to emphasize that there is no more work to do:

Six months later the job was complete.


The first stage of the project is now complete.

▪ over finished – used about an event, activity, or period of time:

Football practice is over at 4:30. Can you pick me up then?


The summer was nearly over.

▪ be through informal to have finished doing something or using something:

I probably won’t be through till about 6 o'clock.


Are you through with those scissors?

III. done 3 BrE AmE interjection

used to agree to and accept the conditions of a deal:

‘I’ll give you $90 for it.’ ‘Done!’

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.