- 1 (also n't joined to a preceding verb) Used with an auxiliary verb or “be” to form the negative: he would not say she isn’t there didn’t you tell me?More example sentences
- Not only are we not allowed to cycle any more, we are not allowed to ride the trams either.
- On what grounds Pilger is supposed to be disturbed we are not allowed to know.
- Showmans Guild will not be allowed to change terms and conditions of membership.
- 1.1Used in some constructions with other verbs: [with infinitive]: he has been warned not to touch the pain of not knowing she not only wrote the text but also researched the photographsMore example sentences
- You are warned not to touch the banisters in the empty, crumbling flats of Craigmillar.
- Members of the public are warned not to try to coax down the eagle themselves.
- His civil servants have been warned not to ask him to do anything sedentary on July 2.
- 2Used as a short substitute for a negative clause: maybe I’ll regret it, but I hope not “Don’t you keep in touch?” “I’m afraid not.” they wouldn’t know if I was telling the truth or notMore example sentences
- Mum Allison is hoping to hear news today on whether or not she can donate bone marrow to Joshua.
- Travel pages disclose if the writer was a guest of the organizers of the tour or not.
- It's been reported that he also looks after a lady, whether he knows her or not.
- 3Used to express the negative of other words: not a single attempt was made treating the symptoms and not the cause “How was it?” “Not so bad.”More example sentences
- The blue haired girl stood in silence not hearing a single word the doctor had just spoke.
- There wasn't a single bad performance all night, not a single dropped note or missed key.
- Instead, it is moving in reverse, which to American minds must be worse than not moving at all.
- 3.1Used with a quantifier to exclude a person or part of a group: not all the poems are seriousMore example sentences
- I think she is a brave woman because not everyone is sympathetic to domestic violence.
- It sounds perfectly reasonable, but not everyone in Australia will see it that way.
- However, not everyone is in favour of the move away from more traditional schemes.
- 3.2Less than (used to indicate a surprisingly small quantity): the brakes went on not ten feet from himMore example sentences
- The creak of a loose floorboard made her turn in distress to see the man not ten feet from her.
- And that thing that you put down not ten minutes ago should shout, so you can find it.
- 4Used in understatements to suggest that the opposite of a following word or phrase is true: the not too distant future not a million miles awayMore example sentences
- The story goes that London is invaded by demons in the not too distant future.
- This is an exhibition of ideas and what could be in the not so distant future.
- It sounds unlikely, but it's not a million miles from the situation in the visual arts.
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not at all
- 2Definitely not: “You don’t mind?” “Not at all.”More example sentences
- I thrive on this time of year and do not at all mind the darkening of the days.
- Bearing this in mind, it is not at all surprising that charges of abuse of process gained momentum.
- I do not at all mind if Will somehow finds this out, but I met many a fine young man that afternoon.
not but what
- • archaic Nevertheless: not but what the picture has its darker sideMore example sentences
- I'm thinking he'll be sorry to see our backs, not but what he'd cut his throat sooner than admit it!
- see half.
- see least.
- see quite.
- It is not to be inferred that: I’ll never be allowed back—not that I’d want to go backMore example sentences
- Even the most pretentious of wine snobs, not that I know any, can expect to be amazed at Bacar.
- I felt her tilt her head back to look at me, not that she would have seen anything in the dark.
- He may even have been present at my 18th birthday do - not that I can remember much about it.
not a thing
- Nothing at all.More example sentences
- Now after 30-odd years of work he has not a thing to show.
- And liberty or freedom would have had not a thing to do with it.
- He had not a thing in the world but bluff and his own ego, his own will.
- see very.
Middle English: contraction of the adverb nought.
More definitions of notDefinition of not in:
- The British & World English dictionary