Meaning of “hadn't” in the English Dictionary

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"hadn't" in British English

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uk /ˈhæd.ənt/ us /ˈhæd.ənt/

short form of had not:

If you hadn't told him he would never have known.

More examples

  • She was disappointed that they hadn't phoned.
  • Four years after he left college he still hadn't found a job.
  • The examiners failed him because he hadn't answered enough questions.
  • She looked as though she hadn't slept all night.
  • I'd have drowned if he hadn't been there to pull me out of the river.

(Definition of “hadn't” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hadn’t" in American English

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us /ˈhæd·ənt/

contraction of had not:

I hadn’t seen Patty since we were in high school.

(Definition of “hadn’t” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)