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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The houses, many in the Usonian style and named for the people who built them, include two in Southern California that have never been open to the public, Miner said. Mary Forgione,, "Tour Frank Lloyd Wright homes in California that rarely open to the public," 4 July 2019 In followup, people always find that such a verdict is almost never paid out by the hospital. Meredith Cohn,, "Baltimore jury's record $229 million malpractice verdict may change a life — but likely not the system," 4 July 2019 He has never held elected office, but part of his DOJ experience included working in Washington, D.C., as the department’s national asset forfeiture and money laundering section coordinator from 2001 to 2003. Tess Vrbin,, "Former assistant U.S. attorney seeks to challenge Rep. Jahana Hayes in 2020," 4 July 2019 The 9-year-old girl never lost consciousness after the shooting, police said. Adam Ferrise,, "15-year-old boy playing with gun found on dresser accidentally shot 9-year-old sister in Cleveland, police say," 4 July 2019 Officials do not know the whereabouts of a fifth child, who St. Louis police said was born in a hotel room and which was never documented by authorities, is unknown. NBC News, "$10,000 offered in search for fugitive Oklahoma parents accused of child neglect; baby unaccounted for," 4 July 2019 The government decided to curtail tuition prices by subsidizing the industry in the form of federal loans (spoiler alert: federal subsidizing never ends well for the consumer). Alyssa Ahlgren, Twin Cities, "Alyssa Ahlgren: Canceling student loan debt is regressive, among other problems," 3 July 2019 The Marvel films can never think too heavily about the amount of power a character like Tony Stark accrues, because to do so would require contending with the degree to which Marvel has run almost all of its closest competitors out of the game. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 The pair were never first team colleagues, with Lampard leaving in 2014 shortly before Loftus-Cheek graduated to the senior squad., "Ruben Loftus-Cheek Set to Commit Long-Term Future to Chelsea With Bumper New Contract," 3 July 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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The first known use of never was before the 12th century

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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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