nev·er | \ ˈne-vər \

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


no, none, nothing, noway (or noways), nowise


anyhow, anyway, anywise, at all, ever, half, however

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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

Since this case is unlikely to ever reach a court — the defendants are in Russia, out of reach — those details may never be known. Ken Dilanian /, NBC News, "The timing, the proof, the details: Takeaways from Mueller's new indictments," 13 July 2018 Ethan Hunt has never met an impossible mission, and yet, audiences need to believe that this one could get away from him for the thrill to work. Aja Hoggatt,, "Critics are loving Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," 12 July 2018 Hundreds of people filled the area around 7th and Magazine streets last Saturday in the first meeting between the two groups, although the two sides were separated by police and never came face-to-face. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Downtown streets close again for another Occupy ICE counterprotest," 14 July 2018 Obviously, the ultimate goal was never accomplished. John Fay,, "Reds Xtra: Adam Dunn happy to go in Reds HOF, but wishes he had title to go with plaque," 14 July 2018 In what was once a steakhouse, El Puerto serves up Mexican food that’s fresh and never frozen, owner Saul Moya said. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "El Puerto's menu is full of owner specialties," 13 July 2018 But McQuarrie has never worked on this huge a scale, and the strain to go big and bigger sometimes shows. Aja Hoggatt,, "Critics are loving Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," 12 July 2018 Records show almost 90 percent of Promise participants never reoffend, Gualtieri said. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Official: Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun," 10 July 2018 There was no way to get around the fact that without money, that relationships would never had happened. Jessica Chou,, "I’m 50, A CEO, & A Former Sugar Daddy — Here’s What I Want You To Know," 14 July 2018

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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 \

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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