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Definition of never exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

never

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//ˈnevə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnevər//
 
 
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  • (informal) used to show that you are very surprised about something because you do not believe it is possible ‘I got the job.’ ‘Never!’
  • Word Origin Old English nǣfre, from ne ‘not’ + ǣfre ‘ever’.Idioms
    1. 1  (especially British English) used to tell somebody not to worry or be upset Have you broken it? Never mind, we can buy another one.
    2. 2  used to suggest that something is not important This isn't where I intended to take you—but never mind, it's just as good.
    3. 3used to emphasize that what is true about the first thing you have said is even more true about the second synonym let alone I never thought she'd win once, never mind twice!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: never