Definition of nowhere adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnəʊweə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊwer//
(also no place especially in North American English)
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  • not in or to any place This animal is found in Australia, and nowhere else. There was nowhere for me to sit. ‘Where are you going this weekend?’ ‘Nowhere special.’ Nowhere is the effect of government policy more apparent than in agriculture.
  • Word OriginOld English nāhwǣr (see no, where).Idioms
    get/go nowhere, get somebody nowhere
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    to make no progress or have no success; to not enable somebody to make progress or have success We discussed it all morning but got nowhere. Talking to him will get you nowhere.
    lead (somebody) nowhere
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    to have no successful result for somebody This discussion is leading us nowhere.
    (informal) a place that is a long way from other buildings, towns, etc. She lives on a small farm in the middle of nowhere.
    not anywhere near/nowhere near
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    far from; not at all The job doesn't pay anywhere near enough for me.
    nowhere to be found/seen, nowhere in sight
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    impossible for anyone to find or see The children were nowhere to be seen. A peace settlement is nowhere in sight (= is not likely in the near future).
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nowhere