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undone1

[uhn-duhn] /ʌnˈdʌn/
adjective
1.
not done; not accomplished or completed.
Origin of undone1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English un-dun. See un-1, done

undone2

[uhn-duhn] /ʌnˈdʌn/
verb
1.
past participle of undo.
adjective
2.
brought to destruction or ruin.

undo

[uhn-doo] /ʌnˈdu/
verb (used with object), undid, undone, undoing.
1.
to reverse the doing of; cause to be as if never done:
Murder once done can never be undone.
2.
to do away with; erase; efface:
to undo the havoc done by the storm.
3.
to bring to ruin or disaster; destroy:
In the end his lies undid him.
4.
to unfasten by releasing:
to undo a gate; to undo a button.
5.
to untie or loose (a knot, rope, etc.).
6.
to open (a package, wrapping, etc.).
7.
Archaic. to explain; interpret.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English undōn; cognate with Dutch ontdoen. See un-2, do1
Related forms
undoable, adjective
Can be confused
undo, undue.
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Examples from the Web for undone
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  • He was afraid the chiefest places of his enterprise might be attempted, and he should be undone.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • I tell you, lad, that I am all undone, like a fretted bow-string.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I let my mad passion peep forth for an instant, and in that instant I was undone.

    The Queen Against Owen Allen Upward
  • Mali-ya-bwana, under his directions, had undone the loads containing the lanterns.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Her hair is undone behind and ruffed in front, her hat is too straight, and her face looks made-up.

British Dictionary definitions for undone

undone1

/ʌnˈdʌn/
adjective
1.
not done or completed; unfinished

undone2

/ʌnˈdʌn/
adjective
1.
ruined; destroyed
2.
unfastened; untied

undo

/ʌnˈduː/
verb (mainly transitive) -does, -doing, -did, -done
1.
(also intransitive) to untie, unwrap, or open or become untied, unwrapped, etc
2.
to reverse the effects of
3.
to cause the downfall of
4.
(obsolete) to explain or solve
Derived Forms
undoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for undone
adj.

"not accomplished," c.1300, from un- (1) + done. The same word meaning "destroyed" is recorded from mid-14c., past participle adjective from undo.

undo

v.

Old English undon "to unfasten and open" (a window or door), "to unfasten by releasing from a fixed position," from un- (2) + do (v.). The notion is of "to annul something that was done." Related: Undone; undoing.

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