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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
nev•er /ˈnɛvɚ/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. not ever;
    at no time;
    not at any time:It never happened. He never knew what hit him.
  2. not at all;
    absolutely not:This will never do.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsnever mind,  don't bother;
    don't concern yourself:Never mind about your mistake.
     


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
nev•er  (nevər),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. not ever;
    at no time:Such an idea never occurred to me.
  2. not at all;
    absolutely not:never mind; This will never do.
  3. to no extent or degree:He was never the wiser for his experience.
  4. Idiomsnever mind, don't bother;
    don't concern yourself.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English nǣfre, equivalent. to ne not + ǣfre ever

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
never /ˈnɛvə/ adv , sentence substitute
  1. at no time; not ever
  2. certainly not; by no means; in no case
interj
  1. Also: well I never! surely not!
Etymology: Old English nǣfre, from ne not + æfre ever
USAGE
In informal speech and writing, never can be used instead of not with the simple past tenses of certain verbs for emphasis (I never said that; I never realized how clever he was), but this usage should be avoided in serious writing

'never' also found in these entries:
Collocations: have never [seen, tried, done] (anything like) that before, have never (ever) [regretted, wished, wanted], have never even [been, read, driven], more...

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