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 no (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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Such behavior is normally frowned upon, no matter how reasonable the cause. Los Angeles Times, "As we return to normal, a new plague: stage fright in the theater of daily life," 2 May 2021 The phenomenon can’t be escaped, no matter how hard one tries. Jason Parham, Wired, "Black Pain Will Never Stop Trending," 30 Apr. 2021 Grescoe’s point is that cars are a problem no matter what powers them. Paul Greenberg, Curbed, "An Electric Car in High-rise Manhattan: How Long Is Your Extension Cord?," 30 Apr. 2021 There are times when, no matter the level of difficulty of the shots, a team just gets hot. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics stage massive comeback to stun Spurs in overtime as Jayson Tatum scores 60 points," 30 Apr. 2021 The rest of the sentence, no matter the ending, can’t be as powerful or glorious to Giants fans who aren’t accustomed to reading those words in that particular order. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants fall to Padres 3-2, still in (wait for it...) first place," 30 Apr. 2021 Observers and officials agree that, while not a peace, detente and dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, no matter how modest, could offer a pathway to progress. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Saudi-Iran detente: What rivals’ dialogue could mean for Middle East," 30 Apr. 2021 But no matter how abhorrent these allegations are, they cannot be dealt with without due process. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Michaela Coel voices 'great support' for 20 women accusing actor Noel Clarke of sexual misconduct," 30 Apr. 2021 Packaging is evil no matter what, but at least tote bags act as a conduit for better practices. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Can Takeout Be Less Terrible for the Environment? This Chef Thinks So.," 30 Apr. 2021 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 For Marlo, who also cohosted Handler's 2019 iHeart podcast Life Will Be The Death of Me, teaming up again to offer advice was a no-brainer. Julie Jordan, PEOPLE.com, "Chelsea Handler to Give Life Advice in New Podcast 'Dear Chelsea': ‘No Subjects Will Be Off-Limits’," 29 Apr. 2021 Handing the media rights negotiations off to people well-versed is just an obvious no-brainer, but the Pac-12 apparently has yet to figure that out, as noted above. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: The University of Utah baseball program needs an on-campus stadium," 29 Apr. 2021 Arlington County’s new logo possibilities appear to be a no-go as far as some members of the public are concerned. Washington Post, "Arlington’s new logo choices get a tepid response," 29 Apr. 2021 There has not yet been official confirmation of a Mortal Kombat sequel, but the movie's own narrative certainly planned for one, and grabbing the no. 1 box office slot isn't too shabby even in a pandemic. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Ryan Reynolds teases Mortal Kombat fans by posing as Johnny Cage," 29 Apr. 2021 For Alain Pincot, a managing partner at Betteravia Farms, which sells its produce under the label Bonipak, getting involved with FarmWise was a no-brainer. Nina Wolpow, Forbes, "For FarmWise’s Cofounders, Opportunity Was In The Weeds," 27 Apr. 2021 But with just one pan and 15 minutes of hands-on time, this easy oven-baked salmon is a no-brainer for nights when our brains are fried from work. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, "I Keep Finding New Ways to Enjoy This 30-Minute Sheet Pan Supper," 27 Apr. 2021 Amazon’s latest gift card promo is totally a no-brainer. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon is handing out $15 credits – here’s how to cash in," 26 Apr. 2021 But while the step may seem like a no-brainer to iOS users, it's been deeply controversial with companies built on ad revenue, including and especially Facebook. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The New iOS Update Lets You Stop Ads From Tracking You—So Do It," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for no

Time Traveler

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

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“No.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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no

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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