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English definition of “never”


adverb     /ˈnev.ər/ US  //
A1 not at any time or not on any occasion : We've never been to Australia . I've never heard anything so ridiculous . Let us never forget those who gave their lives for their country . Wars never solve anything. He threatened to shoot , but I never thought (= did not think ) he would. I never realized you knew my brother . It's never too late to start eating a healthy diet .UK informal "He's never 61! (= it's difficult to believe he's 61!) He looks so young ."UK not standard "You stole my drink !" "No, I never (= I didn't)."Always and never Grammar:Never or not … ever?We can use not … ever instead of never, but never is much more common:
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