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never Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb not ever; at no time in the past or future
    • I have never been to China
    • I shall never forget this day
    • had never seen a circus
    • never on Sunday
    • I will never marry you!
  2. adverb not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances
    • never fear
    • bringing up children is never easy
    • that will never do
    • what is morally wrong can never be politically right

Nev"er adverb
AS. nfre; ne not, no + fre ever.
  1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future. Shak.
    Death still draws nearer, never seeming near. Pope.
  2. In no degree; not in the least; not.
    Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse. South.
    And he answered him to never a word. Matt. xxvii. 14.
    Never is much used in composition with present participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing, never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing, etc., retaining its usual signification.

Webster 1913