never

adverb nev·er \ ˈne-vər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

Examples of never in a Sentence

  1. I will never shop at that store again.

  2. I have never seen that happen before.

  3. That man has never heard of you.

  4. We will never forget what we saw.

  5. You never know what you'll find at a flea market.

  6. I never meant to hurt you.

  7. She never really said that.

  8. There is never enough time to finish our work.

  9. Never in my whole life have I been so offended!

  10. I gave him my business for years and never for one moment did I suspect that he was a criminal.

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Origin and Etymology of never

Middle English, from Old English nǣfre, from ne not + ǣfre ever — more at no


NEVER Defined for English Language Learners

never

adverb

Definition of never for English Language Learners

  • : not ever : not at any time

  • —used to express surprise, doubt, or disbelief

  • —used to say that you did not do something


NEVER Defined for Kids

never

adverb nev·er \ ˈne-vər \

Definition of never for Students

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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