Never

never adverb, exclamation BrE [ˈnevə(r)]
NAmE [ˈnevər]
adverb
1. not 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. used to emphasize a negative statement instead of ‘not’
I never knew (= didn't know until now) you had a twin sister.
I never realized just how easy it is.
(especially BrE) Someone might find out, and that would never do (= that is not acceptable).
He never so much as smiled (= did not smile even once).
(especially BrE) ‘I told my boss exactly what I thought of her.’ ‘You never did!’ (= ‘Surely you didn't!’)
(BrE, slang) ‘You took my bike.’ ‘No, I never.’
(old-fashioned or humorous) Never fear (= Do not worry), everything will be all right.
Word Origin:
Old English nǣfre, from ne ‘not’ + ǣfre ‘ever’.
Idioms: Well, I never! on the never-never
exclamation (informal)
used to show that you are very surprised about sth because you do not believe it is possible
‘I got the job.’ ‘Never!’
see never mind at mind v.
Word Origin:
[never] Old English nǣfre, from ne ‘not’ + ǣfre ‘ever’.

WordNet Dictionary:
adverb
1. not ever; at no time in the past or future
- I have never been to China
- I shall never forget this day
- had never seen a circus
- never on Sunday
- I will never marry you!
Syn: ne'er
Ant: ever
2. not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances
- never fear
- bringing up children is never easy
- that will never do
- what is morally wrong can never be politically right

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
adv.1.Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future.
Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.
2.In no degree; not in the least; not.
Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse.
And he answered him to never a word.
Never a deal
not a bit.
Never so
as never before; more than at any other time, or in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; - now often expressed or replaced by ever so.

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