no

adverb
\ ˈnō How to pronounce no (audio) \

Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a chiefly Scotland : not
b used as a function word to express the negative of an alternative choice or possibility shall we go out to dinner or no
2 : in no respect or degree used in comparisons you're no better than the rest of us
3 : not so used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal no, I'm not going
4 used with a following adjective to imply a meaning expressed by the opposite positive statement in no uncertain terms
5 used as a function word to emphasize a following negative or to introduce a more emphatic, explicit, or comprehensive statement it's big, no, it's gigantic
6 used as an interjection to express surprise, doubt, or incredulity
7 used in combination with a verb to form a compound adjective no-bake pie
8 : in negation shook his head no

Definition of no (Entry 2 of 6)

1a : not any no parking no disputing the decision
b : hardly any : very little finished in no time
2 : not a : quite other than a he's no expert
3 used in combination with a noun to form a compound adjective a no-nonsense realist

no

noun
\ ˈnō How to pronounce no (audio) \
plural noes or nos\ ˈnōz How to pronounce nos (audio) \

Definition of no (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : an act or instance of refusing or denying by the use of the word no : denial received a firm no in reply
2a : a negative vote or decision
b noes or nos plural : persons voting in the negative

Definition of no (Entry 4 of 6)

1 north; northern
2 [ Latin numero, ablative of numerus ] number

No

Definition of No (Entry 5 of 6)

less common spelling of

No

symbol

Definition of No (Entry 6 of 6)

nobelium

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Synonyms & Antonyms for no

Synonyms: Adverb

never, none, nothing, noway (or noways), nowise

Synonyms: Noun

nay, negative, non placet

Antonyms: Adverb

anyhow, anyway, anywise, at all, ever, half, however

Antonyms: Noun

positive, yea, yes

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Examples of no in a Sentence

Adverb

She shook her head no. this cake is no better than the last one we made

Adjective

She said she had no money. I wanted no part of the plan. They showed no concern for my feelings. people with little or no experience with computers

Noun

There were 110 ayes and only 16 noes. The noes raised their hands.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Since 2011, seven players drafted by the Browns in the first round are no longer with the team. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Last move: Browns trade disappointing OL Erving to Chiefs," 30 Aug. 2017 The pill drop box is there for people to safely dispose of medicines such as pain killers that are no longer needed. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis police find jewelry in pill drop box in station lobby, now looking for owner," 30 Aug. 2017 Shortly after, Naked Lounge coffee shop announced it would no longer host live music. Matt Kawahara, sacbee, "Hear that? Sacramento has the nation’s fastest-growing live music scene, report says," 30 Aug. 2017 The smoked ham is no longer served in communal kitchens. Jay Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Turn back the clock and spend quality time in Iowa's Amana Colonies," 30 Aug. 2017 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Joe Haden is no longer a member of the Cleveland Browns. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Was releasing Joe Haden the right move? Orange and Brown Talk podcast," 30 Aug. 2017 Heavy rain will no longer fall in Texas's Houston and Galveston areas, although massive flooding is expected across the area and in southwestern Louisiana through the end of the week. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Where Is Hurricane Harvey Headed Next?," 30 Aug. 2017 The tweets said there was no room in the ranks for transgender troops and that the government would no longer pay for their medical treatment. Tom Vanden Brook, The Courier-Journal, "Mattis freezes transgender policy; allows troops to continue serving, pending study," 29 Aug. 2017 The president said his pardon was no more controversial than other presidents. latimes.com, "Trump on Texas response: 'We'll congratulate each other when it's all finished'," 29 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

He is currently being held at Mobile County Metro Jail under a no bond order. Prescotte Stokes Iii, AL.com, "Man with altered rifle, dozens of Xanax bars arrested in Chickasaw," 21 Aug. 2017 FREELAND NARROWLY MISSES A NO-HITTER The rookie Kyle Freeland came within two outs of the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field before surrendering a sharp single to Melky Cabrera, and Colorado pummeled the Chicago White Sox, 10-0. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Astros Reach 60 Victories by Crushing the Blue Jays," 10 July 2017 The NO column: Never take off your shoes on an airplane. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Put your shoes back on, now. Answer Angel lays down the law for airline travel," 3 July 2017 Of course, she's viewed as a top-tier candidate by both Republicans and Democrats, and her candidacy is viewed as one reason why Dean Heller may eventually be a no vote on this bill. John King, CNN, "Why the White House has two press teams," 25 June 2017 Read More undefined With an investor on board, L.A. Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, the Beckham group is ready to buy the county land for $9 million under a no-bid deal using the state’s economic-development laws. Douglas Hanks And Martin Vassolo, sacbee, "David Beckham group unveils new Miami stadium plan," 18 May 2017 Pedro Portal pportal@miamiherald.com With an investor on board, L.A. Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, the Beckham group is ready to buy the county land for $9 million under a no-bid deal using the state’s economic-development laws. Douglas Hanks And Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "David Beckham group unveils new Miami stadium plan," 17 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Basically buying more than one pair during this sale should be a no-brainer. Glamour, "Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Early Access Is the Best Time to Buy Fall Shoes," 12 July 2019 On the other end of the line was the no-nonsense mid-Atlantic voice of William Walters, the managing director of operational medicine for the U.S. Department of State. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 Sucking it up Carbon Engineering David Keith is a no-nonsense academic at Harvard University studying geoengineering, a set of ideas to manage the Earth’s climate on a planetary scale. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "A tiny tweak in California law is creating a strange thing: carbon-negative oil," 1 July 2019 This marks the first meeting in the no-man’s-land between North and South since the end of the Korean War. NBC News, "Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea," 30 June 2019 So any oils that are heavy or occlusive more than emollient are a no-no and usually just leave me with breakouts. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "I Didn't Think My Skin Could Handle Face Oils—Until I Tried This Calming 'Dry Oil'," 26 June 2019 The easy mistake is to view the Sahara as a buffer—as emptiness incarnate, a veritable no-man’s-land. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "How a trip through the Sahara reflects Niger’s fragile state," 13 June 2019 Those fall under the no-go-zone for Super Cruise, since the system isn’t designed to handle them. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places," 11 June 2019 So, does layering up in the warm summer months seem like an initial no-go? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "First Bella, Now Rihanna: The Dress Over Pants Trend Is Here to Stay," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of no

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for no

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English , from ne not + ā always; akin to Old Norse & Old High German ne not, Latin ne-, Greek nē- — more at aye

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The first known use of no was before the 12th century

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adverb

English Language Learners Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to give a negative answer or reply to a question, request, or offer
: in a way that shows a negative response
used to introduce a statement that corrects an earlier statement

English Language Learners Definition of no (Entry 2 of 3)

: not any
used to say that someone or something is not the kind of person or thing being described

no

noun

English Language Learners Definition of no (Entry 3 of 3)

: a negative answer : an answer of no
: a vote of no
: people who are voting no

no

adverb
\ How to pronounce no (audio) \

Kids Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not at all : not any It was no better than I expected it to be.
2 : not so used to express disagreement or refusal No, I'm not hungry.
3 used to express surprise, doubt, or disbelief No—you don't say!

Kids Definition of no (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : not any He has no money.
2 : hardly any : very little I finished in no time.
3 : not a I'm no liar.

no

noun
plural noes or nos

Kids Definition of no (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : an act or instance of refusing or denying by the use of the word no : denial I received a firm no in reply.
2 : a vote or decision against something There were 100 ayes and only 12 noes.
3 noes or nos  plural : persons voting against something The noes raised their hands.

Kids Definition of no.

1 north
2 number

Medical Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 2)

number

No

symbol

Medical Definition of No (Entry 2 of 2)

nobelium

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