Meaning of “nothing” - Learner’s Dictionary


pronoun us uk /ˈnʌθɪŋ/

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).

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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.
for nothing

without a successful result:

I've come all this way for nothing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was nothing.

a polite reply to someone who has thanked you for doing something

(Definition of “nothing” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)