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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Yet getting under the tax line was never a motivating principle to the Sox, who valued contention more. Alex Speier,, 8 Aug. 2022 For three decades Japanese growth has been low or negative, averaging 0.8%, but its unemployment rate has never been more than 5.5% and has ratcheted steadily lower since 2010 to stand at 2.6% now—close to its prepandemic low of 2.2%. Tom Fairless, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 For Lawson, her primary care doctor was never an option. Katie Palmer, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 Chinese forces retreated after the Communist Revolution of 1949, has never been part of the People’s Republic of China. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2022 In our nation's 246-year history there has never been an individual who was a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump. CBS News, 7 Aug. 2022 In our nation's 246-year-history there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump. NBC News, 7 Aug. 2022 Opera singer Michel Bou Rjeilly says Beirut will never be the same. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, 6 Aug. 2022 But for Beetz, Sophie’s fate was never even a question. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Never.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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