say no


: to say that one will not accept or agree to something
We requested more time, but she said no.
often + to
She said no to our request.
I never say no to dessert.

Examples of say no in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while experts say no level of lead is safe for children, cities like Chicago are still in compliance with federal laws. Pien Huang, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 Dan Stevens couldn't say no to Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Why these tenants say no thanks May 5, 2023 A combination of an aging homeowner population and the growing number of university students searching for housing has attracted a handful of determined developers whose agents walk door-to-door soliciting homeowners to sell. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Isn’t the difference that the city can now say no to migrants who want to stay longer than that? James Barron, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The mother of a boy with severe autism in New York City told me that her son’s current goals in A.B.A. include tolerating the shower for incrementally longer intervals, redirecting the urge to pull on other people’s hair, and using a speech tablet to say no. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024 A number of researchers say no and are growing concerned about how AI may threaten the integrity of the review process by reinforcing bias and introducing misinformation. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Feb. 2024 Know when to say no, and refuse to let anyone sweet talk you into something that eats up your time, offering limited return. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 What now, Canada? … After Roger Goodell fumbled/mumbled away Jim Trotter’s question during last year’s Super Bowl press conference, Roger’s song and dance will be invitation only (or, for those who can’t say no). Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024

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“Say no.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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