\ ˈnən How to pronounce none (audio) \

Definition of none

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not any
2 : not one : nobody
3 : not any such thing or person
4 : no part : nothing

Definition of none (Entry 2 of 4)

: not any : no



Definition of none (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : by no means : not at all none too soon to begin
2 : in no way : to no extent none the worse for wear


noun, often capitalized
\ ˈnōn How to pronounce none (audio) \

Definition of none (Entry 4 of 4)

: the fifth of the canonical hours

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Synonyms & Antonyms for none

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of none in a Sentence

Adverb your help comes none too soon I'll switch his mug with mine, and he'll be none the wiser.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While none listed specific problems, several said neighbors did not like the proposal. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield rejects swanky golf course development," 9 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That being said there were some sloppy mistakes from Pellegrini's side, none more sloppy than Lukasz Fabianski's poor clearance which led to a penalty that was handily dispatched by Sergio Aguero late on. SI.com, "West Ham Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 8 Sep. 2019 Sierpina, a reigning bronze medalist in the cyclocross nationals, was none too happy when her mother signed her up for cross country in April. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Collegiate girls bring home school's first state title at Class A cross country meet," 2 Nov. 2019 The Florida Panthers made a flurry of moves in the offseason, but arguably none more important that the hiring of three-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Joel Quenneville. Allen Kim, CNN, "Today is the start of the NHL season," 2 Oct. 2019 There certainly has been none visible through most of 2019. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Bullpen comes up big again as Red Sox win Angels series," 1 Sep. 2019 Several factors have contributed to the rightward trend, none more important than Justice Neil Gorsuch's first full term as successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's conservatives mark return to power with major rulings, minor punts," 27 June 2018 In that vacuum, pro-Trump, firebrand former Atlantic City Council member Grossman won his party's nomination, which Republicans in Washington were none too happy about. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "House Republicans’ unhelpful stumble with Seth Grossman in New Jersey," 10 July 2018 Liverpool fans were none too happy with the comparison as Liverpool site Empire of The Kop dismissed the comments as 'stupid'. SI.com, "AC Milan Director Disrespects Virgil van Dijk With Odd Remark Regarding Own Star Defender," 23 May 2018 Others did not turn right wing per se but did become supporters of a more militaristic turn in foreign policy in the name of humanitarian interventionism, none better known than Bernard Kouchner, the co-founder of Doctors Without Borders. Alan Wolfe, The New Republic, "A Most Violent Year," 18 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And none of it is good for the automakers, which are already struggling with problems of bringing production back online after shutting US factories for nearly two months. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The rental car industry has ground to a near halt. This is what that means for automakers and car buyers," 23 May 2020 Though most fans can agree that there have been many defining moments over the course of the Grey's 16 season run, none are as legendary as Walsh's debut as Dr. Addison Montgomery. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Grey's Anatomy Stars Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh Are Celebrating an Iconic Scene From Season 1," 23 May 2020 But none of those bids were successful, and Foodlink didn’t have a relationship with any of the winning contractors. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest," 22 May 2020 The siren song of Sweden is that none of that is necessary. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "The Swedish Model Trades More Disease for Less Economic Damage," 16 May 2020 If none of these initial attempts are successful, however, basic research may become critical. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus," 14 May 2020 Full-time lockdown forever until the end of time with no schooling ... no work ... none of this is a reality. Fox News, "Ben Shapiro takes aim at critics of states reopening: 'I'm sorry, lockdown is not an alternative'," 8 May 2020 Regardless of the approach, none of these apps will be effective at breaking chains of viral infections unless countries like the U.S. can ramp up coronavirus testing and hire more health workers to do manual outreach. Matt O'brien And Christina Larson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Test, trace, isolate: Role of apps in combating coronavirus," 5 May 2020 While Disney has already shared a few recipes — like its Dole Whip and Walt's very own homemade chili — none have been quite as special as sharing the coveted ingredients in the Blue Milk Chai. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "How to Make a Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Blue Milk Chai at Home," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of none

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for none

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English, from Old English nān, from ne not + ān one — more at no, one


Late Latin nona, from Latin, 9th hour of the day from sunrise — more at noon

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The first known use of none was before the 12th century

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“None.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/none. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of none

: not any of a group of people or things : no amount or part of something


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Kids Definition of none

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not any : not one None of them went. None of this is necessary.



Kids Definition of none (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not at all We arrived none too soon.
2 : in no way It's an old bike but none the worse for wear.

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