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nowhere

adverb no·where \ ˈnō-ˌ(h)wer , -(h)wər \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of nowhere

1 : not in or at any place
  • The book is nowhere to be found.
2 : to no place
  • I've gotten nowhere with my research.
  • Arguing will get us nowhere.
3 : not at all : not to the least extent usually used with near
  • nowhere near as serious
  • nowhere near enough

Examples of nowhere in a Sentence

  1. I have nowhere to go.

  2. Nowhere is there more of a population problem than in this city.

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First Known Use of nowhere

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nowhere

noun

Definition of nowhere

1 : a nonexistent place
2 : an unknown, distant, or obscure place or state
  • rose to fame out of nowhere
miles from nowhere
: in an extremely remote place

Examples of nowhere in a Sentence

  1. from the looks of things, we're stranded in nowhere and most likely its proverbial middle

  2. in a few short years he rose out of nowhere to prominence in the dot-com world

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First Known Use of nowhere

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nowhere

adjective

Definition of nowhere

: of or relating to a remote or relatively unknown location
  • a nowhere town

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First Known Use of nowhere

1889

in the meaning defined above

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NOWHERE Defined for English Language Learners

nowhere

Definition of nowhere for English Language Learners

  • : not in or at any place


nowhere

Definition of nowhere for English Language Learners

  • : no place


NOWHERE Defined for Kids

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nowhere

adverb no·where \ ˈnō-ˌhwer , -ˌwer \

Definition of nowhere for Students

1 : not in or at any place
  • The book is nowhere to be found.
2 : to no place
  • We've gone nowhere all week.
3 : not at all
  • That's nowhere near enough.

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nowhere

noun

Definition of nowhere for Students

: a place that does not exist
  • The sound seems to be coming from nowhere.


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