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English definition of “nothing”

nothing

pronoun
 
 
/ˈnʌθɪŋ/
NOT ANYTHING A2 not anything: I've had nothing to eat since breakfast. He claimed that he did nothing wrong. He had nothing in his pockets. There was nothing else (= no other thing) I could do to help. She did nothing but criticize (= criticized a lot).Something, anything, nothing, and everything
NOT IMPORTANT B1 not something important or of value: He's a dangerous person - human life means nothing to him. A thousand pounds is nothing to a woman of her wealth.Costing or worth little or no money
for nothing without a successful result: I've come all this way for nothing.Useless and futileFailing and doing badly
be nothing to do with sb B2 If something is or has nothing to do with you, you have no good reason to know about it or be involved with it: I wish he wouldn't offer advice on my marriage - it's nothing to do with him.Something, anything, nothing, and everything
have nothing to do with sb/sth B2 to have no connection or influence with someone or something: He made his own decision - I had nothing to do with it.Of little or less importance
to say nothing of sth used to emphasize other problems you have not talked about: Most wild otters have disappeared from populated areas, to say nothing of wilderness areas.Stressing and emphasizing
nothing of the sort used to emphasize that something is not true: He said that he was a legitimate businessman - in fact, he was nothing of the sort.Intensifying expressions
It was nothing. a polite reply to someone who has thanked you for doing somethingSomething, anything, nothing, and everything
(Definition of nothing from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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