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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 butter left. 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 negative answers: "Did you feed the cat?" "No, I forgot." "Would you like any more cake?" "No, thank you." "Do you have any homework tonight?" "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 great interest (= 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 negative answers: "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 negative answer: The answer is no.

no.noun [C]

 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ (plural nos.)
abbreviation for number

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 selling car in America.
(Definition of No. from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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