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nothing

pronoun uk   /ˈnʌθ.ɪŋ/ us  
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 our town. 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/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 read books and articles that have/are nothing to do with his work.be/mean nothing to have no importance or value: Money means nothing to him.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 offer advice on my marriage - it's nothing to do with 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 seats left. Let us make sure that these brave men and women did not die for nothing.nothing on no clothes on your body: She sleeps with nothing on. I couldn't come to the door - I had nothing on! no arrangements for a stated period: I checked my calendar and I have nothing on on Tuesday afternoon. There's nothing on next Friday - we could have the meeting then.
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nothing

adverb uk   /ˈnʌθ.ɪŋ/ us  

nothing

noun [C] uk   /ˈnʌθ.ɪŋ/ informal us  
Translations of “nothing”
in Korean 아무것도, 사소한 것…
in Arabic لا شَيء…
in French rien…
in Turkish hiçbir şey, hiçbir, solda sıfır…
in Italian niente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沒有東西, 沒有事情…
in Russian ничего, пустяк, мелочь…
in Polish nic…
in Spanish nada…
in Portuguese nada…
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…
(Definition of nothing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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