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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
not /nɑt/USA pronunciation
adv. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- (used with verbs like[be, have,]and[do,]and with modal verbs, to express the opposite of the main verb, and also to express denial, refusal, prohibiting, etc.:I do not remember the answer. You must not think about it. It's not far from here. They are not coming.
- (used with verbs like[think, want, seem, appear, expect,]and others that have another verb in a phrase or clause following, to express the opposite of the verb that follows):He did not seem to be ready (= It did not seem that he was ready). He did not want to go (= He wanted not to go.) I did not expect to see you here (= I expected that I wouldn't see you here).
- (used before a singular count noun) not even one (expressing emphasis about the lack of something)[~ + a/one + noun]He had not a penny to his name. Not a single missile got through the defense system. Not one student could name the president.
not at all:
- (used as an answer to someone else's thanks):"I appreciate your help.'' —"Not at all.''
- (used to emphasize an answer of "no''):"Did you like the show?'' —"Not at all!''
- (used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition):You must not do that. It's not far from here.
- Slang Terms U.S. Slang. (used jocularly as a postpositive interjection to indicate that a previous statement is untrue):That's a lovely dress. Not!
var. of noto- before a vowel.
Computinga Boolean operator that returns a positive result if its operand is negative and a negative result if its operand is positive.
weak variant of nought
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
not /nɒt/ adv
- used to negate the sentence, phrase, or word that it modifies: I will not stand for it
- (in combination): they cannot go
- not that ⇒ (conjunction) which is not to say or suppose that: I expect to lose the game — not that I mind
Also (archaic): not but what
Etymology: 14th Century not, variant of nought nothing, from Old English nāwiht, from nā no + wiht creature, thing. See naught, nought
- used to indicate denial, negation, or refusal: certainly not