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adverb uk   /ˈnev.ər/ us    //
A1 not at any time or not on any occasion: We've never been to Australia. I've never heard anything so ridiculous. Let us never forget those who gave their lives for their country. Wars never solve anything. He threatened to shoot, but I never thought (= did not think) he would. I never realized you knew my brother. It's never too late to start eating a healthy diet. UK informal "He's never 61! (= it's difficult to believe he's 61!) He looks so young." UK not standard "You stole my drink!" "No, I never (= I didn't)."
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in Korean 절대 -가 아닌…
in Arabic أبَدًا…
in French jamais…
in Turkish asla, hiç bir zaman, hiç…
in Italian mai…
in Chinese (Traditional) 從不, 從未, 永不…
in Russian никогда, ни разу, совсем…
in Polish nigdy, wcale…
in Spanish nunca…
in Portuguese nunca, jamais…
in German nie…
in Catalan mai…
in Japanese 一度も~(し)ない, 全然~(し)ない…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从不, 从未, 永不…
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