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Pronunciation: /nən/


1Not any: none of you want to work don’t use any more water, or there’ll be none left for me
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  • He had hoped to receive parking permits for residents but none were forthcoming.
  • There were none, except perhaps the slight lift of an eyebrow as he noticed Cory's gaze.
  • It's beginning to build an activist community in a city where previously there was none.
not one, not a (single) one
no part, not a bit, not any
1.1No person; no one: none could match her looks
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  • If Donie was the man of the match then there were heroes as well and none more so than goalie Colm Munnelly.
  • To my sorrow and sadness nobody recognized me and there was none to honour me as your lover at your gate.
  • Not only did none of them show up, but none sent me as much as a postcard of good wishes.
not one, no one, nobody, not a soul, not a single person, no man


(none the) [with comparative]
By no amount; not at all: it is made none the easier by the differences in approach


It is sometimes held that none can take only a singular verb, never a plural verb: none of them is coming tonight, rather than none of them are coming tonight. There is little justification, historical or grammatical, for this view. None is descended from Old English nān, meaning ‘not one,’ and has been used for around a thousand years with both a singular and a plural verb, depending on the context and the emphasis needed.



none the less


none other than

Used to emphasize the surprising identity of a person or thing: her first customer was none other than Henry du Pont
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  • The first victims of his surprise visit were none other than presspersons themselves.
  • And it was none other than Rossellini who advised him to turn professional.
  • This church is supposed to have been founded by none other than Charlemagne.

be none the wiser

see wise1.

none the worse for

see worse.

none too

see too.

want (or will have) none of

(Especially with reference to behavior) refuse to accept (something): Danny offered to wait below, but Peter would have none of it
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  • Patterson is itching to make his comeback, but the media will have none of it, for now.
  • All the members of the family plead with her to give the marriage a last chance but she will have none of it.
  • I try to entice him with the biggest hedge maze in the world and a seal sanctuary but he will have none of it.


Old English nān, from ne 'not' + ān 'one', of Germanic origin; compare with German nein 'no!'.

Words that rhyme with none

begun, bun, done, Donne, dun, fine-spun, forerun, fun, gun, Gunn, hon, Hun, nun, one, one-to-one, outdone, outgun, outrun, plus-one, pun, run, shun, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, tun, underdone, Verdun, won

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Pronunciation: /nən/
(also nones)


A service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the ninth hour of the day (3 p.m.).


Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin nona, feminine singular of nonus 'ninth'. Compare with noon.

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