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Language: Old English
Origin: na, from ne 'not' + a 'always'

no

1 adverb
     
no1 S1 W1
1 used to give a negative reply to a question, offer, or request [≠ yes]:
'Are you Italian?' 'No, I'm Spanish.'
'Do you want any more?' ' No thanks.'
'Could you help me write this?' 'No, sorry, I haven't got time at the moment.'
He wanted to take me to a disco but I said no.
Sixty percent of people voted no.
If you're asking whether I feel the same way about her, the answer is no.
2 spoken used to say that you disagree with a statement:
'You're always complaining about work.' 'No, I'm not!'
3 spoken used to say that you agree with a negative statement:
'They shouldn't drive so fast.' 'No, it's really dangerous.'
4 spoken used to tell someone not to do something:
No, Jimmy, don't touch that switch.
5 spoken used to show that you are shocked, surprised, annoyed, or disappointed by what someone has just told you, or by what has just happened:
'She's nearly fifty.' 'No, you're kidding!'
Oh no, I've lost my wallet!
6 spoken used to correct what you have just said:
He's the director, no, the assistant director, of the company.
7

won't take no for an answer

if someone won't take no for an answer, they are determined that you should agree to do something:
He insists on taking us all out to dinner and he won't take no for an answer.
8 used before comparatives to mean 'not even a small amount':
I'll pay you $75 and no more.
You're no better than the rest of them.

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