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English definition of “no”

no

exclamation
 
 
/nəʊ/
DISAGREE A1 something that you say in order to disagree, give a negative answer, or say that something is not true: "Have you seen Louise?" "No, I haven't." "Have you ever been to Ireland?" "No." "Can I have some more cake?" "No, you'll be sick." "He's really ugly." "No he isn't!"Yes, no and not
AGREE A2 something that you say to agree with something that is negative: "He's not very bright, is he?" "No, I'm afraid not."Yes, no and not
Oh no! A2 something that you say when you are shocked and upset: Oh no! It's gone all over the carpet!InterjectionsSounds used as interjections
(Definition of no exclamation from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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