Language: Old English
Origin: nan, from ne- 'not' + an 'one'


1 pronoun
none1 S1 W2
1 not any amount of something or not one of a group of people or things:
I wish I could offer you some cake but there's none left.
Although these were good students, none had a score above 60.
She waited for a reply, but none came.
Even an old car is better than none.
none of
Despite her illness, she had lost none of her enthusiasm for life.
I know what people are saying - but none of it is true.
None of my friends phone me any more.
none at all/none whatsoever
'Was there any mail?' 'No, none at all.'

will/would have none of something

also be having none of something used to say that someone refuses to allow someone to do something or to behave in a particular way:
We offered to pay our half of the cost but Charles would have none of it.

none but somebody

literary only a particular person or type of person:
a task that none but a man of genius could accomplish

none other than somebody

used to emphasize that the person involved in something is famous, impressive, or surprising:
The mystery guest turned out to be none other than Cher herself.

; ➔ second to none

at second1 (5)

; ➔ bar none

at bar3 (2)

none, neither
Use none to talk about a group of three or more things or people None of my friends came. To talk about two things or people, use neither Neither of my parents wanted me to marry him.GRAMMARnone of can be followed by a plural noun or an uncountable noun None of these diets worked. None of the money was missing.neither of is followed by a plural noun Neither of the rooms was free. After the plural noun, you can use a plural or singular verb. You should use a singular verb in formal writing None of us care OR cares what happens to him. None of us is able to escape the consequences of our actions.!! Do not use another negative word (eg 'not') with none We got 3 points and they got none (NOT they didn't get none). I didn't want any of them (NOT I didn't want none of them).

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