Definition of never in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɛvə/


1At no time in the past or future; not ever: they had never been camping in their lives I will never ever forget it
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  • Throughout all this he never ever showed any remorse or any emotion for what he had done.
  • She leapt out of bed and made him swear never ever to say anything like that again or it would put her off.
  • We should not be so foolish as to believe these things will never return in the future.
at no time, not at any time, not ever, not once, on no occasion
literary ne'er
2Not at all: he never turned up
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  • The Prime Minister has never been one to let a past friendship get in the way of making a new ally.
  • His putt never troubles the hole and it slips a few feet past for another difficult putt.
  • He certainly would never have got permission for a hotel, or even a six bedroom house.
not at all, certainly not, not for a moment, not under/in any circumstances, under/in no circumstances, on no account
informal no way, not on your life, not in a million years, not for love or money
British informal not on your nelly
2.1 [as exclamation] British informal (Expressing surprise) surely not: What, you, Annabel? Never!



never fear

see fear.

never mind

see mind.

never a one

Not one: there are no paintings, never a one
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  • Never did a sheep wander away, never a one was attacked by wolves, never a one lost in foul weather.
  • Through friends and family I have heard many stories of Holly with never a one being bad.
  • For all that, there's never a one of the fine fellows a word of his wouldn't send scuttling into the nearest rat-hole.

never say die

see die1.

well I never! (or well I never did!)

informal Expressing surprise or indignation: Well I never—that’s not like you!
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  • There was the mother in her alpine attire staring rigidly ahead muttering ‘well I never!’


Old English nǣfre, from ne 'not' + ǣfre 'ever'.

Words that rhyme with never

clever, endeavour (US endeavor), ever, forever, however, howsoever, never-never, sever, Trevor, whatever, whatsoever, whenever, whensoever, wheresoever, wherever, whichever, whichsoever, whoever, whomever, whomsoever, whosoever

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