Definition of not
1 —used as a function word to make negative a group of words or a word
2 —used as a function word to stand for the negative of a preceding group of words is sometimes hard to see and sometimes not
Examples of not in a Sentence
He was standing not six feet away from me.
The bullet passed not five inches from my head!
Origin and Etymology of not
First Known Use: 1947See Words from the same year
NOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of not for English Language Learners
—used to form the negative of modal verbs (such as “should” and “could”) and auxiliary verbs (such as “do” and “have”)
—used with a negative word to make a positive statement
—used humorously at the end of a positive statement to show that you really meant the opposite
NOT Defined for Kids
Definition of not for Students
1 —used to make a word or group of words negative The books are not here.
2 —used to stand for the negative of a group of words that comes before It is sometimes hard to see and sometimes not.
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