never

adverb
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

Synonyms

ne'er

Antonyms

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

Brutal winter storms have tricked us into thinking that warmer weather will never arrive. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's the Best Time to Book Your Summer Travel," 27 Feb. 2019 The Chamber of Secrets could have fully never existed! Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Pottermore Reminded "Harry Potter" Fans That Wizards Would Get Rid of Poop Using Magic," 4 Jan. 2019 The coming decades revealed that the gap never existed, and the U.S. always maintained a large missile advantage. WSJ, "Fix Pentagon Policy Before Seeking New Funds," 1 Jan. 2019 He was released by the team and never returned to the NFL. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Browns give troubled running back Kareem Hunt second chance," 12 Feb. 2019 Robert Zemeckis’ films have never felt especially personal. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 Lombardo vowed never to speak Paddock’s name again in public. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58," 30 Jan. 2019 Apple’s sales in China first tumbled in 2016, and the business has never fully recovered. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s China Problem May Require a New iPhone," 30 Jan. 2019 While at school, Steven never revealed to anyone that he had been kidnapped. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 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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never

adverb

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

never

adverb
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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