Definition of aren't in English:



  • 1Are not.

    ‘they aren't here’
    • ‘Days of Worth say they aren't playing it safe, but are seizing the day and making music that counts.’
    • ‘If you really aren't sure about a house, you can have an independent survey done at your own expense.’
    • ‘It does mean a lot to know that these celebrities aren't too busy to respond.’
    • ‘We will be much more approachable, so that people aren't afraid to say anything.’
    • ‘Maybe it's not fashionable to be a keeper any more, so young kids aren't taking up the position.’
    • ‘These seem like irrelevant questions, but they aren't that far off from relevancy.’
    • ‘They aren't boisterous, keep themselves neat and tidy and smile at anybody who says hello.’
    • ‘The high passions aren't down to the two candidates' inspiring visions for the country.’
    • ‘We aren't the first team to miss penalties and we won't be the last so I'm not going to blame the lads.’
    • ‘I'll tee up knowing there aren't many players in the field ranked higher than me.’
    • ‘Sometimes it is just hard to be upbeat and happy when things aren't going your way in life.’
    • ‘After all, how can anyone respond to questions that they aren't aware of having been asked?’
    • ‘There aren't many men that could fight back from tuberculosis and play cricket for England.’
    • ‘He's in the know, we aren't - so we should just believe him and stop our silly worrying.’
    • ‘The new tracks aren't radically different but they're more like individual songs.’
    • ‘What puzzles me, as a close follower of this debate, is why these points aren't made more often.’
    • ‘The notion that men aren't able to talk about their emotions is alien to me.’
    • ‘You don't win three trophies one season and go top of the table next if you aren't a good team.’
    • ‘Yes, some of them are people who would have paid more, but some of them aren't.’
    • ‘The battles in the party aren't about ideology but about the only question that matters.’
    1. 1.1 Am not (only used in questions)
      ‘I'm right, aren't I?’
      ‘why aren't I being given a pay rise?’
      • ‘Well I am selling it, aren't I?’
      • ‘I'm a decent guy, aren't I?’
      • ‘I am still here, aren't I?’


The contraction aren't is used in standard English to mean ‘am not’ in questions, as in I'm right, aren't I? The more logical form amn't is now non-standard and restricted to Scottish, Irish, and dialect use. Outside questions, it is incorrect to use aren't to mean ‘am not’ (for example, I aren't going is clearly wrong)