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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
no1 /noʊ/USA pronunciation
adv., n., pl. noes, nos. adv.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- (used to express dissent, disagreement, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request, or in giving a command):"Can we leave now?''—"No, stay here.''
- (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement):No, not one of them came.
- not in any degree or manner;
not at all:[before an adjective or adverb that is comparative, or ending in -er]She's no better today than she was yesterday.
- not:whether or no.
no2 /noʊ/USA pronunciation
- an instance of saying the word "no.''
- a denial or refusal:a definite no to our request.
- a negative vote or voter:Five noes against two yeses.
no. or No.,
an abbreviation of:
- not any: [before a uncountable noun]He had no money.[before a plural noun]I had no books.[before a countable noun]:I had no way of knowing who would be there.
- (used before a noun to suggest the opposite of that noun) not at all;
far from being:[before a noun]He is no genius.
(nō),USA pronunciation adv., adj., n., pl. noes, nos, v. adv.
- (a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)
- (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement):Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.
- not in any degree or manner;
not at all (used with a comparative):He is no better.
- not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective's meaning):His recovery was no small miracle.
- not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun's meaning):She's no beginner on the ski slopes.
- an utterance of the word "no.''
- a denial or refusal:He responded with a definite no.
- a negative vote or voter:The noes have it.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsno can do, it can't be done.
- to reject, refuse approval, or express disapproval of.
- to express disapproval.
(nō),USA pronunciation adj.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English nā, equivalent. to ne not + ā ever (see ay1)
- not any:no money.
- not at all;
far from being:He is no genius.
- very little;
negligible:We got her to the hospital in no time.
No, [Symbol, Chem.]
- 1150–1200; Middle English; variant of none1
(nō),USA pronunciation n.
- Show Business, Literature, Chemistrynobelium.
Also, No, Noh.
- classic drama of Japan, developed chiefly in the 14th century, employing verse, prose, choral song, and dance in highly conventionalized formal and thematic patterns derived from religious sources and folk myths.
Also called Nogaku.
- Middle Chinese, equivalent. to Chinese néng ability
- Japanese, earlier noũ
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no /nəʊ/ sentence substitute
n ( pl noes, nos)
- used to express denial, disagreement, refusal, disapproval, disbelief, or acknowledgment of negative statements
Etymology: Old English nā, from ne not, no + ā ever; see ay1
- an answer or vote of no
- (often plural) a person who votes in the negative
- the noes have it ⇒ there is a majority of votes in the negative
- not take no for an answer ⇒ to continue in a course of action despite refusals
no /nəʊ/ determiner
Etymology: Old English nā, changed from nān none1
- not any, not a, or not one: there's no money left, no card in the file
- not by a long way; not at all: she's no youngster
- (followed by comparative adjectives and adverbs) not: no fewer than forty men, no more quickly than before
No, Noh /nəʊ/ n ( pl No, Noh)
Etymology: from Japanese nō talent, from Chinese neng
- the stylized classic drama of Japan, developed in the 15th century or earlier, using music, dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes, and themes from religious stories or myths
No /nəʊ/ n
- Lake No ⇒ a lake in South Sudan, where the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile) is joined by the Bahr el Ghazal. Area: about 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
No the chemical symbol for
No. abbreviation for
Etymology: from French numéro
- Also: no ( pl Nos, nos) number
n.o. abbreviation for
- not out
no' /no; nəʊ/ adv
- Scot not
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