nev·​er ˈne-vər How to pronounce never (audio)
: not ever : at no time
I never met her
: not in any degree : not under any condition
never the wiser for his experience

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of never was before the 12th century

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“Never.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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nev·​er ˈnev-ər How to pronounce never (audio)
: not ever : at no time
I never saw it before
never had a sick day in my life
: not to any extent or in any way
never fear

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