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

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 But indictments of Russians who will never see a U.S. courtroom don’t tell us anywhere near the complete story. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "After the Strzok Stonewall," 13 July 2018 And that really never really left second gear to get there., "World Cup Daily Podcast: France and Croatia's Vastly Different Runs to the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 And the stamina of elite midfielders Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who never leave the field and seem blessed with supernatural energy. Bruce Jenkins,, "World Cup: France proves masterful in all phases," 10 July 2018 Except unlike Laura Dern, who kind of faded from Hollywood for several years before reappearing in 2011's highly underrated HBO series Enlightened, Russell never really went anywhere., "This Is Keri Russell's Time To Shine — Welcome To The Russell-ution, Comrades," 13 July 2018 But never, ever, go with a drunk to the second location. Amy Dickinson,, "Woman's #MeToo moments lead to despair," 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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