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 The third, fourth and fifth visits on May 27, June 1 and June 3 fared no better, with dozens of vermin spotted on each occasion. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 7 June 2021 European commentators also recognize that, no matter Biden’s imminent bonhomie in London and Brussels, the United States increasingly views Europe at best as a junior partner in its intensifying competition with China. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Weeks later, on April 8, another person wrote that Trump and former Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who was defeated by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, were the rightful winners, no matter the results. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 Cipriani is always chasing his mother’s approval and never gets it, no matter how many bodies pile up on her behalf. Ade D. Adeniji, Wired, 6 June 2021 Leaders who inspire courage in employees a) model courageous behavior themselves—no matter what—and b) create the conditions where courageous behavior is encouraged, not punished. Ron Carucci, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Even as Dave sat behind bars, prosecutors continued to build their case, listening to anyone who had information about Shanti's death — no matter how surprising the source. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 5 June 2021 Often in football, at any level, players are pushed to finish workouts and games, no matter what. Jeff Seidel, baltimoresun.com, 5 June 2021 For Fields himself, the launch of the 2020 season also led him into an important developmental period on the field — no matter how abbreviated and interrupted the Big Ten season turned out to be. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 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, 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, 10 July 2017 The NO column: Never take off your shoes on an airplane. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 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, 17 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Airlines are having a harder time estimating passenger demand and likely no-shows as passengers return to flying after the peak of the pandemic. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, 9 June 2021 For many skin-care professionals, dermatologists and aestheticians included, topical usage of vitamin A and its derivatives is a no-brainer in the pursuit of clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin. Rachel Krause, refinery29.com, 8 June 2021 With so many convenient features, the Stanley tumbler has made staying hydrated truly a no-brainer habit that's easy to achieve. Nina Huang, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2021 The cold springs and the incumbent lack of recruitment almost seems a no-brainer. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 Joining the ranks of Ana de Armas, Anok Yai, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Carolyn Murphy, Diana Penty, Grace Elizabeth, Karlie Kloss, Kōki and Yang Mi, the decision was a no-brainer for the esteemed Estée Lauder team. Blake Newby, Essence, 4 June 2021 If egg yolk and anchovies in the dressing are a no-go for you, the veganized Caesar dressing in this recipe will hit the mark perfectly. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The answer to that question should be a no-brainer. Tim Kohut, BGR, 1 June 2021 This particular example, chassis no. 16853, began its life finished in Marrone Metallizzato (metallic brown) over beige leather. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 June 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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9 Jun 2021

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“No.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no. Accessed 12 Jun. 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 : persons voting against something used in plural 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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