Meaning of “never” in the English Dictionary

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"never" in British English

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uk /ˈnev.ər/ us /ˈnev.ɚ/

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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(Definition of “never” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"never" in American English

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neveradverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈnev·ər/

not at any time, or not on any occasion:

I’ve never been to Europe.
He was never seen again.
She never had acting lessons
We’ve never had a chance to sit down and talk.
Hal Willner? Never heard of him.
I never forget a face.


(Definition of “never” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)