adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nǣfre, from ne not + ǣfre ever — more at no Date: before 12th century 1. not ever ; at no time <
I never met her
2. not in any degree ; not under any condition <
never the wiser for his experience

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • never — ► ADVERB 1) not ever. 2) not at all. 3) Brit. informal (expressing surprise) definitely or surely not. ● never a one Cf. ↑never a one ● the never never Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • never — As a negative adverb, never refers primarily to repeated or continuous non occurrence over a period of time: They never answer letters / It never rained at all last month. It should only be used informally to refer to one occasion, when a simple… …   Modern English usage

  • Never — Never, Never Gonna Give You Up Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Never, Never Gonna Give You Up puede hacer referencia a: Never Gonna Give You Up, canción de Barry White. Never Gonna Give You Up, canción de Rick Astley. Obtenido de Never, Never Gonna …   Wikipedia Español

  • never — (adv.) O.E. næfre never, compound of ne not, no (from PIE root *ne no, not; see UN (Cf. un) ) + æfre ever (see EVER (Cf. ever)). Early used as an emphatic form of not (as still in never mind). Old English, unlike its modern desc …   Etymology dictionary

  • never — index sine die Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • never — [adv] not at any time at no time, don’t hold your breath*, forget it, nevermore, not at all, not ever, not in any way, not in the least, not on your life*, not under any condition, no way*; concept 799 Ant. always, forever …   New thesaurus

  • never — [nev′ər] adv. [ME nevere < OE næfre < ne, not (see NO1) + æfre, EVER] 1. not ever; at no time 2. not at all; by no chance; in no case; under no conditions …   English World dictionary

  • never — nev|er W1S1 [ˈnevə US ər] adv [: Old English; Origin: nAfre, from ne not + Afre ever ] 1.) not at any time, or not once ▪ He s never been to Australia. ▪ I m never going back there again, not as long as I live. ▪ It is never too late to give up… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • never — nev|er [ nevər ] adverb *** 1. ) at no time in the past or in the future: I ve never been in love before. You ll never guess who I saw today! He must never discover the truth. I haven t tried Chinese food before. What, never? a ) not in any… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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