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Princeton's WordNet

  1. not, nonadverb

    negation of a word or group of words

    "he does not speak French"; "she is not going"; "they are not friends"; "not many"; "not much"; "not at all"


  1. notnoun

    Unary logical function NOT, true if input is false, or a gate implementing that negation function.

    You need a not there to conform with the negative logic of the memory chip.

  2. notadverb

    Negates the meaning of the modified verb.

  3. notadverb

    To no degree

    That is not red; it's orange.

  4. notconjunction

    And not.

  5. notinterjection

    Used to indicate that the previous phrase was meant sarcastically or ironically.

  6. NOTnoun

    A unary operation on logical values that changes true to false, and false to true.

    You need a not there to conform with the negative logic of the memory chip.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Notadverb

    Etymology: ne auht , Saxon; niet, Dutch.

    If thou be the world’s great parent,
    How falls it then that with thy furious fervour
    Thou dost afflict as well the not deserver,
    As him that doth thy lovely hests despise? Edmund Spenser.

    His countenance likes me not. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    The man held his peace, to wit whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not. Gen. xxiv. 21.

    Let each man do as to his fancy seems;
    I wait, not I, ’till you have better dreams. Dryden.

    This objection hinders not but that the heroic action enterprised for the Christian cause, and executed happily, may be as well executed now as it was of old. Dryden.

    Grammar being to teach men not to speak, but to speak correctly: where rhetoric is not necessary, grammar may be spared. John Locke, on Education.

    This day, be bread and peace my lot;
    All else beneath the sun
    Thou know’st if best bestow’d or not,
    And let thy will be done. Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer.

    Thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. Job vii. 8.


  1. not

    Not is a term used to indicate the opposite or negation of something. It is a word used to express the absence, rejection, or denial of a particular concept, action, or state. It is often used to negate statements or indicate a contradiction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Not

    wot not; know not; knows not

  2. Notadjective

    shorn; shaven

  3. Notadverb

    a word used to express negation, prohibition, denial, or refusal

  4. Etymology: [OE. not, noht, nought, naught, the same word as E. naught. See Naught.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Not

    not, adv. a word expressing denial, negation, or refusal.—Not in it (coll.), having no part in some confidence or advantage. [Same as Naught, from A.S. , wiht, a whit.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'not' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #25

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'not' in Written Corpus Frequency: #37

Anagrams for not »

  1. Ont

  2. Ont.

  3. TNO

  4. ton

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of not in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of not in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of not in a Sentence

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    A home is not a mere transient shelter its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

  2. Man President Luke Ellis:

    The basic dynamics of the market are with us for a while. It's not cool to go to a cocktail and say the answer is 'own bonds and lots of bonds, and be long the dollar and continue to own the Nikkei and be short the yen, Everybody likes to turn up to a cocktail party and call turning points, but I don't think we're seeing one ... We may have a change in printing press, but it's the same environment, and the great thing about computers is they don't go to cocktail parties.

  3. Massoud Barzani:

    We'd like to thank the members of the (anti-IS) coalition for the support they have provided, but ... all the support we have received so far is not up to the level that is needed, The heavy weapons systems that we need, especially in terms of quality and quantity, for example the APCs (armored personnel carriers), the helicopters, the artillery we need for a decisive war against them (IS) - we have not received these types of weapons.

  4. The Amundi CIO:

    There is a general underestimation of what the ECB will deliver, Many people are living in a U.S.-centric world, not aware of what is going on in Japan and Europe.

  5. Pascal Blanque:

    I am not convinced at all that the Fed will deliver any tightening in the foreseeable future.

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