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"never" in British English

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neveradverb

uk   /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 ​theirlives for ​theircountry. 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 ​starteating a ​healthydiet.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)."
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(Definition of never from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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neveradverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈnev·ər/
not at any ​time, or not on any ​occasion: I’ve never been to Europe. He was never ​seen again. She never had ​actinglessons We’ve never had a ​chance to ​sit down and ​talk. Hal Willner? Never ​heard of him. I never ​forget a ​face.
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(Definition of never from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “never”
in Korean 절대 -가 아닌…
in Arabic أبَدًا…
in Malaysian belum pernah…
in French jamais…
in Russian никогда, ни разу, совсем…
in Chinese (Traditional) 從不, 從未, 永不…
in Italian mai…
in Turkish asla, hiç bir zaman, hiç…
in Polish nigdy, wcale…
in Spanish nunca…
in Vietnamese không bao giờ…
in Portuguese nunca, jamais…
in Thai ไม่เป็นอันขาด…
in German nie…
in Catalan mai…
in Japanese 一度も~(し)ない, 全然~(し)ない…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从不, 从未, 永不…
in Indonesian tidak pernah…
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