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.
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Recent Examples on the Web For Hart and Harvey, running the Julian News was never a job. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2021 The country is awakening, albeit with a few economic hiccups, from a pandemic that has never been closer to ending thanks to his rollout of vaccines developed during the previous administration. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 June 2021 The appreciation of assets held by wealthy people is never subject to income taxes if those assets are held until the holders die and left to their heirs. Steve Wamhoff, Fortune, 9 June 2021 That was never more evident than in summer 2019, soon after Cal graduation. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2021 Making Moscow mules, mint juleps, margaritas, daiquiris, and more with this has never been easier. Chris Hachey, BGR, 9 June 2021 The singularity between tabletop and digital gamers has never been tighter, and ideally, the fascinating design complications that come from that convergence will only grow more esoteric. Luke Winkie, Wired, 9 June 2021 But with Coco, competitive instincts have never been an issue. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 This lack of clarity over who is ultimately responsible for the loan for regulatory purposes means that the firms involved in providing them can never be sure of which regulations they will be required to follow. John Berlau, National Review, 9 June 2021

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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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Time Traveler for never

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The first known use of never was before the 12th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Never.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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