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Meaning of “no” in the English Dictionary

"no" in British English

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nodeterminer

uk   /nəʊ/  us   /noʊ/
A1 not any; not one; not a: There's no ​butterleft. There are no ​pockets in these ​trousers. That's my ​kind of ​holiday - no ​email, no ​phone, and no ​worries. There's no ​chance (= no ​possibility) of us getting there by eight.A2 used in ​signs and on ​notices to show that something is not ​allowed: No ​smoking/​fishing.

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noadverb

uk   /nəʊ/  us   /noʊ/
  • no adverb (NEGATIVE ANSWER)

A1 used to give ​negativeanswers: "Did you ​feed the ​cat?" "No, I ​forgot." "Would you like any more ​cake?" "No, ​thank you." "Do you have any ​homeworktonight?" "No."

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  • "Would you like another ​drink?" "I wouldn't say no."
  • The ​offer was so good that I couldn't say no .
  • "Must I ​sign this?" "No, there's no need."
  • He made it ​impossible for me to say no.
  • "Was it ​wrong of me to go to the ​police?" "Oh no, I'm ​sure you did the ​right thing."
  • no adverb (NOT)

B1 not; not any: The ​exam is no more ​difficult than the ​tests you've been doing in ​class. The ​issues are of no ​greatinterest (= only a little ​interest) to me.

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nonoun [C]

uk   /nəʊ/  us   /noʊ/ (plural noes)

no.noun [before noun]

(plural nos)
(Definition of no from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"no" in American English

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noadjective [not gradable]

 us   /noʊ/

noadverb [not gradable]

 us   /noʊ/
used to give ​negativeanswers: "Are you ​hurt?" "No, I’m OK." "Would you like some ​coffee?" "No, ​thank you."
not: It’s no ​colder today than it was ​yesterday.

nonoun [C]

 us   /noʊ/ (plural noes)
a ​negativeanswer: The ​answer is no.

no.noun [C]

 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ (plural nos.)
abbreviation fornumber

No.adjective, noun [U]

abbreviation fornorth or ​northern
(Definition of no from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"No." in Business English

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No.noun [C]

uk   us  
written abbreviation for number noun : It is the No. 1 ​sellingcar in America.
(Definition of No. from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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