American English

Definition of never adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not at any time; not on any occasion You never help me. He has never been abroad. “Would you vote for him?” “Never.” “I work for a company called Orion Technology.” “Never heard of them.” Never in all my life have I seen such a horrible thing. Never ever tell anyone your password.
  2. 2used to emphasize a negative statement instead of “not” Inever knew (= didn't know until now) you had a twin sister. I never realized just how easy it is. Someone might find out, and that would never do (= that is not acceptable). He never so much as smiled (= did not smile even once). (old-fashioned or humorous) Never fear (= Do not worry), everything will be all right.
  3. Idioms
    Well, I never! (old-fashioned)
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    used to express surprise or disapproval Well, I never! Fancy getting married and not telling us!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: never