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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 possibilityshall we go out to dinner or no
2 : in no respect or degree used in comparisonsyou're no better than the rest of us
3 : not so used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusalno, I'm not going
4 used with a following adjective to imply a meaning expressed by the opposite positive statementin no uncertain terms
5 used as a function word to emphasize a following negative or to introduce a more emphatic, explicit, or comprehensive statementit'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 adjectiveno-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 adjectivea 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

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Definition of No (Entry 5 of 6)

less common spelling of

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 Last year Whalen’s rotation usually went no deeper than seven players, and usually six. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "With practice set to start for U women, Lindsay Whalen is 'energized'," 13 Oct. 2020 How’d the Wildcats do this against an offense that’s ranked no worse than fourth nationally in passing during the past eight seasons? Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Inside Kentucky blueprint to stopping Mike Leach’s offense," 13 Oct. 2020 Last month Boeing also reclassified 48 previous orders as no longer certain enough to count in its backlog of orders. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Boeing's deliveries are still weak as it loses more orders," 13 Oct. 2020 But the company is ditching something else: charging cables, which will no longer come automatically with iPhones as Apple moves toward wireless charging by default. NBC News, "iPhone 12: Apple announces newest smartphones — with 5G," 13 Oct. 2020 Early voting began Tuesday with long lines in Texas, one of the few places in the U.S. not allowing widespread mail balloting during the pandemic, and Jill Biden rallied supporters across the red state that Democrats are no longer writing off. Arkansas Online, "Despite virus fears, Texas sends most voters to the polls," 13 Oct. 2020 Expecting the Browns to succeed no longer feels delusional. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Time to recognize Browns are legitimate after 4-1 start," 12 Oct. 2020 The mercury fell to 60 degrees but remained there and declined no further. Washington Post, "Gray day remains T-shirt weather in Washington," 11 Oct. 2020 Tampa Bay’s opponent, the Houston Astros, benefited from a different but no less creative approach to reach this point. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Bullpens Dominated the Last Round. Starters Will Dominate the Next.," 11 Oct. 2020 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 Boafo, whose new exhibit is now on view at Mariane Ibrahim in Chicago, the partnership was a no-brainer. Lola Ogunnaike, Town & Country, "Louis Vuitton Returns to the Art World for Its Latest Statement Handbag," 15 Oct. 2020 Naperville District 203 ranked no. 7 in the state and Indian Prairie placed 12th. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville schools, districts tops in the state and U.S., new Niche.com ranking report says," 15 Oct. 2020 Pairing your Ring Video Doorbell 3 with an Echo Show 5 is a no-brainer. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "The best Ring Doorbell deals this Amazon Prime Day," 13 Oct. 2020 In a typical year, pouncing on these rock-bottom deals would be a no-brainer. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Know Before Booking Holiday Flights This Year," 13 Oct. 2020 Enacting bipartisan legislation to keep businesses afloat and help people struggling to pay their bills would play to Trump’s strength and seem like a no-brainer for an incumbent president who needs to alter his political trajectory. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump turned tables on Pelosi with relief bill reboot, allies say," 8 Oct. 2020 In 2003, LeBron graduated high school and was the no. 1 overall pick at the NBA Draft. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "How LeBron James Got Dwyane Wade Involved When Proposing to His Wife Savannah Brinson," 1 Oct. 2020 The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that people, especially in the U.S., will likely have to continue to social distance through the fall, and that means trick-or-treating, parades, and Halloween parties are probably a no-go. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "These Virtual Haunted Houses Will Transform Your Own Home Into the Scariest Place Ever," 2 Oct. 2020 In ideal circumstances, such a question—waiving interest (or interest on interest) on loans under moratorium—should have been a no-brainer. Joydeep Ghosh, Quartz India, "Should Indian banks waive off interest on loans under moratorium?," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“No.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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
How to pronounce No (audio)

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
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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 refusalNo, I'm not hungry.
3 used to express surprise, doubt, or disbeliefNo—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

Medical Definition of No (Entry 2 of 2)

nobelium

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