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no

adverb \ ˈnō \

Definition of no

1 a 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

Examples of no in a Sentence

  1. She shook her head no.

  2. this cake is no better than the last one we made

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Origin and Etymology of no

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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no

adjective

Definition of no

1 a :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

Examples of no in a Sentence

  1. She said she had no money.

  2. I wanted no part of the plan.

  3. They showed no concern for my feelings.

  4. people with little or no experience with computers

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First Known Use of no

12th century


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no

noun \ ˈnō \

Definition of no

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

Examples of no in a Sentence

  1. There were 110 ayes and only 16 noes.

  2. The noes raised their hands.

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First Known Use of no

1598

no Synonyms

Synonyms
nay, negative, non placet
Antonyms
positive, yea, yes
Related Words
con; blackball, veto; denial, negation, refusal
Near Antonyms
pro; acceptance, approval, grace

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no

abbreviation

Definition of no

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

1

No

Definition of No

  • less common spelling of

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2

No

symbol

Definition of No

nobelium

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


NO Defined for English Language Learners

no

adverb

Definition of no for English Language Learners

  • —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


no

adjective

Definition of no for English Language Learners

  • : not any

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


no

noun

Definition of no for English Language Learners

  • : a negative answer : an answer of no

  • : a vote of no

  • : people who are voting no


NO Defined for Kids

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no

adverb \ \

Definition of no for Students

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!

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no

adjective

Definition of no for Students

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

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no

noun

Definition of no for Students

plural noes or nos
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.

no.

abbreviation

Definition of no. for Students

1 north
2 number

Medical Dictionary

no

abbreviation

medical Definition of no

number

No

symbol

medical Definition of No

nobelium


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