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




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

One never thinks of the George H.W. Bush years generally, for there was nothing especially notable about them. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "George Bush Was the Last True WASP in the White House," 2 Dec. 2018 Learn to master the first date and never let your nerves get in the way again by following these 7 tips! Seventeen, "7 Tips to Rock Your First Date!," 30 Oct. 2018 But the satellites never left the vicinity of 515 kilometers, according to, a site that uses satellite tracking information provided by the Department of Defense. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX wants to fly some internet satellites closer to Earth to cut down on space trash," 9 Nov. 2018 Aaron Eckhart Eckhart plays Gregg Moffatt, Anushka's American nephew, who came to Paris and never left. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Cast of Matthew Weiner's New Show The Romanoffs Is Stacked With Stars," 12 Oct. 2018 Yes, and moved on to babysit the media team and others, but yeah. So Twitter never really had commerce? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table," 11 Oct. 2018 This is the granddaddy issue, and one people never think about. Andy Benoit,, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Whether the delays result in a portion of millennials who decide to never get married and have children will be something to watch. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why aren’t millennials buying houses?," 11 July 2018 Indeed, various insects and small crawling things — some never seen before by the participants — were uncovered as the youngsters took to the water with their colorful nets. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Discovering what lives beneath the surface," 13 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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