Definition of never in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnevər/


1At no time in the past or future; on no occasion; 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.
not ever, at no time, not at any time, not once
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, under no circumstances, on no account, nevermore
informal no way, not on your life, not in a million years, when pigs fly, when hell freezes over



never fear

see fear.

never mind

see mind.

never say die

see die1.

well I never!

informal Expressing great 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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Syllabification: nev·er

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