\ˈnən \

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

none

adjective

Definition of none (Entry 2 of 4)

archaic

: not any : no

none

adverb

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

none

noun, often capitalized
\ˈnōn \

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

no one, nobody

Synonyms: Adverb

hardly, ill, no, noway (usually no way), scarcely

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

everybody, everyone

Antonyms: Adverb

absolutely, certainly, completely, definitely, positively, surely

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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

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 Savor the best grapes first, Butler means, so there will be none better on the bunch, and each will seem delicious to the last. Christian Wiman, The New Yorker, "Eating Grapes Downward," 7 May 2018 The incident came in the second game of a doubleheader, when Royals catcher Salvador Perez was none too happy with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson's reaction after hitting a home run to open the contest. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "During the benches-clearing ruckus, Royals' Ian Kennedy got a hug from an old friend | The Kansas City Star," 29 Apr. 2018 Some mysteries had been solved but others remained, none more powerful than that burial of the shaman. The Economist, "Louie Kamookak died on March 22nd," 12 Apr. 2018 But many Kurds seem none too upset, given how autocratic and dirty Mr Barzani’s regime is. The Economist, "Fifteen years after America’s invasion, Iraq is getting back on its feet," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Interesting that none of the older candidates are on your- Chuck Todd: Elizabeth Warren is in her 60s. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 On the morning of his sentencing in 2008, none of Epstein’s victims were in the courtroom to protest his soft jail term or the unusual provisions of his incarceration and probation — and that was by design. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 It was rumored that the Queen came out in support of Beatrice and Eugenie, though it should be noted that none of this was ever confirmed by the Palace. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Queen Elizabeth Is So Close to Her Granddaughter Princess Eugenie," 7 Oct. 2018 Alas, anyone who watched This Is Us last night found out that, in fact, none of these theories were true. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Got a Major Question About William Answered Last Night," 3 Oct. 2018 With the advent of smartphones, there are lots of ways to diagnose your car, but none are as easy as an OBD-II diagnostic tool. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Become a Car Doctor With Amazon's OBD Scanner Sale," 31 July 2018 In addition, the health department essentially stopped overseeing lead risk abatements, which plummeted from 12 in 2013, to three a year in 2014 and 2015, to none at all in 2016 and 2017. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Hopefully none of his guests will have to depend on New York’s failing public transit system to get there. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "In Bid to be Cool Governor, Cuomo Is Hosting a Fundraiser at Surf Lodge," 11 July 2018 On Wednesday, Forbes unveiled its latest cover, graced by none other than the youngest Kardashian-Jenner. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Dictionary.Com Shades Kylie Jenner After Forbes Calls Her a 'Self-Made' Almost-Billionaire," 11 July 2018

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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

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

Noun

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

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none

pronoun
\ˈnən \

Kids Definition of none

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

none

adverb

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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