never

[ nev-er ]
/ ˈnɛv ər /

adverb

not ever; at no time: Such an idea never occurred to me.
not at all; absolutely not: never mind; This will never do.
to no extent or degree: He was never the wiser for his experience.

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Idioms for never

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

Origin of never

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English nǣfre, equivalent to ne “not” + ǣfre “ever”
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British Dictionary definitions for never

never
/ (ˈnɛvə) /

adverb, sentence substitute

at no time; not ever
certainly not; by no means; in no case

interjection

Also: well I never! surely not!

Word Origin for never

Old English nǣfre, from ne not + æfre ever

usage for never

In informal speech and writing, never can be used instead of not with the simple past tenses of certain verbs for emphasis (I never said that; I never realized how clever he was), but this usage should be avoided in serious writing
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Idioms and Phrases with never

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