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Meaning of “nothing” in the English Dictionary

"nothing" in British English

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nothingpronoun

uk   us   /ˈnʌθ.ɪŋ/
A2 not anything: There's nothing in the ​drawer - I took everything out. Nothing I could say would ​cheer her up. I have nothing new to ​tell you. There's nothing else (= no other thing) we can do to ​help. There's nothing much (= not very much) to do in ​ourtown. The ​story was nothing but (= only)lies.US The ​score is Yankees three, ​Red Sox nothing (= no ​points).be/have nothing to do with sb B2 to be a ​matter or ​subject that someone has no good ​reason to ​know about or be ​involved with: I ​wish he wouldn't ​offeradvice on my ​marriage - it's nothing to do with him.be/have nothing to do with sb/sth B2 to have no ​connection or ​influence with someone or something: We are nothing to do with the ​firm that has the ​offices next ​door. In the ​evening he ​likes to ​readbooks and ​articles that have nothing to do with his ​work.be/mean nothing to have no ​importance or ​value: Money ​means nothing to him.for nothing free or without ​paying: I got this ​painting for nothing from a ​friend. B2 with no good ​result or for no ​purpose: He ​queued for two ​hours and (all) for nothing - there were no ​seatsleft. Let us make ​sure that these ​brave men and women did not ​die for nothing.nothing on no ​clothes on ​yourbody: She ​sleeps with nothing on. I couldn't come to the ​door - I had nothing on! no ​arrangements for a ​statedperiod: I ​checked my ​calendar and I have nothing on on ​Tuesdayafternoon. There's nothing on next ​Friday - we could have the ​meeting then.

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nothingadverb

uk   us   /ˈnʌθ.ɪŋ/
in no way: mainly UK He had two ​letters of ​refusal but, nothing daunted (= not ​discouraged), he ​tried again.

nothingnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈnʌθ.ɪŋ/ informal
(Definition of nothing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nothingpronoun

 us   /ˈnʌθ·ɪŋ/
not anything: There’s nothing in the ​drawer – I took everything out. Money ​means nothing to him (= is not ​important). The ​score is ​Yankees three, ​Red Sox nothing (= no ​points). The ​story was nothing but (= only)lies.nothing to If something is nothing to someone, it has little ​meaning or ​value to that ​person: Losing a thousand ​bucks is nothing to him.nothing to do with To have nothing to do with someone or something is to not be ​involved with that ​person or thing: That has nothing to do with me. People say something is nothing as a ​politeanswer when they are ​thanked: “Thanks for the ​tickets.” “Oh, it’s nothing.”
(Definition of nothing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nothing”
in Korean 아무것도, 사소한 것…
in Arabic لا شَيء…
in Malaysian tiada apa…
in French rien…
in Russian ничего, пустяк, мелочь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沒有東西, 沒有事情…
in Italian niente…
in Turkish hiçbir şey, hiçbir, solda sıfır…
in Polish nic…
in Spanish nada…
in Vietnamese không có gì…
in Portuguese nada…
in Thai ไม่มีอะไร…
in German nichts…
in Catalan res…
in Japanese 何も~ない, 何でもないこと…
in Chinese (Simplified) 没有东西, 没有事情…
in Indonesian tidak ada apa-apa…
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