never - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    at no time in the past or in the future

    I’ve never been in love before.

    You’ll never guess who I saw today!

    He must never discover the truth.

    ‘I haven’t tried Chinese food before.’ ‘What, never?’

    1. a.
      not in any situation

      She’d never do anything to harm you.

      Never say that again!

      I try never to throw any food away.

  2. 2
    used with the past tense for saying that something did not happen

    I waited, but she never came.

    He never even said goodbye.

  3. 3
    British spoken used for saying that you are very surprised or shocked by what someone has said to you

    ‘She had the baby nine weeks early.’ ‘Never!’

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