not

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adverb \ˈnät\

Definition of not

  1. 1 —used as a function word to make negative a group of words or a word

  2. 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

  1. He was standing not six feet away from me.

  2. The bullet passed not five inches from my head!

Origin and Etymology of not

Middle English, alteration of nought, from nought, pronoun — more at naught


NOT

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noun \ˈnät\

Definition of NOT

  1. :  a logical operator (see operator 3a) that produces a statement that is the inverse (see 2inverse 3a) of an input statement

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Origin and Etymology of not

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NOT Defined for English Language Learners

not

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adverb

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

not

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adverb \ˈnät\

Definition of not for Students

  1. 1 —used to make a word or group of words negative The books are not here.

  2. 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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