Definitions for neverˈnɛv ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nev•erˈnɛv ər(adv.)

  1. not ever:

    It never happened.

  2. not at all; absolutely not:

    This will never do.

  3. to no extent or degree:

    He was never the wiser.

Idioms for never:

  1. never mind, don't bother; don't concern yourself.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of never:

bef. 900; ME; OE nǣfre=ne not +ǣfreever

Princeton's WordNet

  1. never, ne'er(adverb)

    not ever; at no time in the past or future

    "I have never been to China"; "I shall never forget this day"; "had never seen a circus"; "never on Sunday"; "I will never marry you!"

  2. never(adverb)

    not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances

    "never fear"; "bringing up children is never easy"; "that will never do"; "what is morally wrong can never be politically right"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. never(adverb)ˈnɛv ər

    not ever, not at any time

    She'd never been abroad before.; I would never steal anything.

  2. neverˈnɛv ər

    used to tell sb not to worry

    "I'm sorry I can't come." "Never mind, we'll find another time."

  3. neverˈnɛv ər

    indicates you think sth is possible even though it is not expected

    You never know, she might change her mind.


  1. never(Adverb)

    At no time; on no occasion; in no circumstance.

  2. never(Adverb)

    Not at any other time; not on any other occasion; not previously.

  3. never(Adverb)

    Negative particle (used to negate verbs in the simple past tense; also used absolutely).

  4. Origin: næfre

Webster Dictionary

  1. Never(adverb)

    not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future

  2. Never(adverb)

    in no degree; not in the least; not


  1. Never

    "Never" is a song recorded by rock band Heart. It was released as the second single from the band's self-titled 1985 album Heart. The song is an aggressive rock number with an uplifting lyric to a person who has been discouraged by love. Like their previous single "What About Love", the music video for "Never" was placed in heavy rotation on MTV. "Never" became Heart's biggest U.S. hit at the time, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It marked the first time that Heart earned two consecutive top-ten hits, and also the first time a Heart album generated two top-ten singles. The songs harmonic chorus highlights not only Ann Wilson's powerhouse vocal talent but also the vocal stamina of sister Nancy, who maintains a soprano harmony throughout the course of the song. This track was covered by Mandisa during the fifth season of American Idol."Never" appeared as a selectable song on an episode of Don't Forget the Lyrics and performed by En Vogue.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'never' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #150

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'never' in Written Corpus Frequency: #175

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'never' in Adverbs Frequency: #28

Anagrams of never

  1. nerve

Translations for never

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not ever; at no time

I shall never go there again; Never have I been so angry.

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