nev·​er | \ ˈne-vər How to pronounce never (audio) \

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for never




always, constantly, continuously, endlessly, ever, forever, perpetually

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Examples of never in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Finless Foods’ bluefin tuna has never seen the sea. Mischa Frankl-duval, WSJ, "Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming, but the Price Is Hard to Stomach," 2 May 2019 While Justin is never seen on camera, Chrishell is front and center on the show as the new girl in the office. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Will There Be a 'Selling Sunset' Season 2? The Cast Has Some Thoughts," 15 Apr. 2019 The Thrones crew never gives away much in the trailers, but there is one line in particular that led to this new theory. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Something Major About the Next Episode," 22 Apr. 2019 Organic Ethiopian Peaberry Hambayleigh Estate Small Lot Coffee A new product to Trader Joe's and the United States, this coffee has never been sold outside of Ethiopia. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Trader Joe's Is Releasing 7 New Products for Spring and Summer," 9 Apr. 2019 Thanks for your continuing patience, and never lose heart. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A 'When Calls the Heart' Star Says He's 'Totally in the Dark' About Show's Return," 7 Apr. 2019 Trips to Costco are never complete without a visit to the food court. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Even as the record-breaking success of A Star is Born has elevated Lady Gaga from pop superstar to serious thespian, the multitalented performer has never lost her sense of fun. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Just Brought 128 Carats Worth of Bling to the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Arctic never loses its sense of the facts of life in such an unforgiving environment. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of never

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for never

Middle English, from Old English nǣfre, from ne not + ǣfre ever — more at no

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English Language Learners 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


nev·​er | \ ˈne-vər How to pronounce never (audio) \

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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