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 To the voters, seven years of dominance weren’t enough for Joe Wood as a pitcher or O’Doul as a hitter, no matter the circumstances. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 18 June 2021 Anything can become more compelling to the end user no matter the actual product's look and feel. John Assalian, Forbes, 18 June 2021 For competing groups to insist that their rights must prevail in every context, no matter what, is to stoke fierce, relentless conflict. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 18 June 2021 The bottom line is free speech is free speech, no matter who’s involved [and] what their opinions are. Nr Interview, National Review, 18 June 2021 For the past five weeks, that’s been how the Orioles top prospect has ended a series, no matter where the Double-A Bowie Baysox are, punctuating days of steady production with a big blast. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 18 June 2021 Chefs did not carve out dishes from real dinosaurs, no matter what the movie plots might indicate is possible. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 17 June 2021 At Bloomfield, Dixon-Bodie fed off of his teammates’ energy and could often be spotted jumping around the infield, cheering on his friends or dancing — no matter how intense his own competition was at the time. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 17 June 2021 The fund started in 2014, when a lot of hedge-fund managers were using what are known as long-short strategies in an attempt to make money by picking Chinese stocks no matter what happened to the wider market. Katherine Cheng, WSJ, 17 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 The lack of commitment involved - and the fact that a hair gloss treatment can be done in just 20 minutes! - made this beauty transformation a no-brainer. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 21 June 2021 So are Favors and Udoka Azubuike, the no. 27 pick in this year’s draft. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 June 2021 Senator Bernie Sanders is not a hard no on the bipartisan bill. ABC News, 20 June 2021 The $600 price tag is fair indeed, but the Pro V7 is a no-brainer while Amazon’s massive discount drops it to just $299.99. Maren Estrada, BGR, 16 June 2021 The exclusive Outdoors For All collection launches today on Merrell’s website and is a no-brainer for anyone looking to get active and give back. Blake Newby, Essence, 16 June 2021 The pandemic made public celebrations a no-go, so most Juneteenth 2020 events were muted and, for safety’s sake, virtual. Siena Giljum, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 No one had won more Tour-level matches this year than Tsitsipas, a former junior no. 1 who cracked the men’s top 10 at the age of 20. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 13 June 2021 These governments and others have determined that the issue is a no-brainer, given the severity of the pandemic, so public health experts in India are puzzled as to why Narendra Modi's administration has yet to come to the same conclusion. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 10 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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21 Jun 2021

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“No.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no. Accessed 25 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

no

adjective

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!

no

adjective

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.

no.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of no.

1 north
2 number

no

abbreviation

Medical Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 2)

number

No

symbol

Medical Definition of No (Entry 2 of 2)

nobelium

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