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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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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 Though Robinson never took Oregon State to the NCAA tournament, four of his six teams played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), a tournament the Beavers won in 2009. oregonlive, "Former Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson becomes executive director of National Association of Basketball Coaches," 13 July 2020 While students across the nation prepare for virtual learning this year via online classes, and many adults continue to work remotely from home, owning a high-speed laptop has never been more essential. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The newest MacBook Pro just got a $200 price drop, right in time for back to school," 13 July 2020 From the moment her son, then in first grade, was identified as having an intellectual disorder, Toni Dooley was determined that doors would never be closed to him. Vincent T. Davis,, "Arc of San Antonio member’s life filled with adventure and achievements on world stage," 13 July 2020 The stat crunchers and scoreboard watchers have never been comfortable with the concept of moral parameters in sports. Ann Killion,, "Washington’s NFL team finds morality when its bottom line is threatened," 13 July 2020 Julie Washington reports most long haulers were never sick enough to be hospitalized or placed on a ventilator, so their cases technically count as mild. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County relies on mask hotline to enforce coronavirus mandate: The Wake Up for Monday, July 13, 2020," 13 July 2020 Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "What We Learn When Humans Race Against Horses," 12 July 2020 There has never been a better time to be a Rule 5 pick in baseball history. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Even in a scrimmage, Northern Kentucky's Nate Jones says it is 'surreal' pitching at GABP," 12 July 2020 But the kidnappers were never able to deliver their demand. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Chowchilla bus kidnapping survivor: "I felt like I was an animal going to the slaughterhouse"," 11 July 2020

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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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28 Jul 2020

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“Never.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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