Simple Definition of never
: not ever : not at any time
—used to express surprise, doubt, or disbelief
—used to say that you did not do something
Full Definition of never
1 : not ever : at no time <I never met her>
2 : not in any degree : not under any condition <never the wiser for his experience>
Examples of never
I will never shop at that store again.
I have never seen that happen before.
That man has never heard of you.
We will never forget what we saw.
You never know what you'll find at a flea market.
I never meant to hurt you.
She never really said that.
There is never enough time to finish our work.
Never in my whole life have I been so offended!
I gave him my business for years and never for one moment did I suspect that he was a criminal.
Origin of never
Middle English, from Old English nǣfre, from ne not + ǣfre ever — more at no
First Known Use: before 12th century
NEVER Defined for Kids
Definition of never
1 : not ever : at no time <He never said he was innocent.>
2 : not to any extent or in any way <Never fear, I have the solution.>
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