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  1. ADV-NEG: ADV before v, ADV group/to-inf Never means at no time in the past or at no time in the future.

  2. ADV-NEG: ADV before v, ADV group/to-inf Never means `not in any circumstances at all'.

  3. PHRASE: PHR before v, be PHR group (emphasis) Never ever is an emphatic way of saying `never'.

  4. ADV-NEG Never is used to refer to the past and means `not'.

  5. EXCLAM (feelings) You say `never!' to indicate how surprised or shocked you are by something that someone has just said. [SPOKEN]

  6. EXCLAM (feelings) You say `Well, I never' to indicate that you are very surprised about something that you have just seen or found out. [OLD-FASHIONED, SPOKEN]

  7. PHRASE: oft it PHR to-inf If you say that something will never do or would never do, you are saying, often humorously, that you think it is not appropriate or not suitable in some way.

  8. never fear see fear

    never mind see mind

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ne̱və(r)VerbADV-NEG: ADV before, ADV group/to-inf Never means at no time in the past or at no time in the future.Examples

I have never lost the weight I put on in my teens...
Never had he been so free of worry...
That was a mistake. We'll never do it again...
Never say that. Never, do you hear?...
He was never really healthy...
This is never to happen again.

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