Main definitions of none in English

: none1none2



  • 1Not any:

    ‘none of you want to work’
    ‘don't use any more water, or there'll be none left for me’
    • ‘By 1946 there were none, as there were virtually none anywhere in Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘They have added to the traffic queues, indeed created queues at times and places where none existed before.’
    • ‘Inventing a pattern where there is none is something that stories and conspiracy theories have in common.’
    • ‘They are all inventive and attractive, though none make for instant easy listening, or playing.’
    • ‘He had hoped to receive parking permits for residents but none were forthcoming.’
    • ‘Days went by, and the women had plenty of meat, but the old woman always told her son that there was none.’
    • ‘I have no problem with the concept of publishing as a commercial enterprise; none whatever.’
    • ‘We have already got a bank for bottles, plastic and clothes, but none for newspapers.’
    • ‘I also did not like having my patience appreciated when I clearly had none.’
    • ‘None of the deaths certified as due to old age was assessed by a necropsy, and none had a coroner's inquest.’
    • ‘Other parties too have done the same thing in the past, but none was as effective as the BJP.’
    • ‘Mr Bradbury was later informed that the alcohol in his blood was under the limit - not that there was none.’
    • ‘Despite the pledges and promises of money, none had actually materialised.’
    • ‘I have searched the shelves for either packet or tinned pumpkin soup but alas there is none!’
    • ‘None of the interviewees were qualified to answer, since none were spokesmen for the NFU.’
    • ‘There are a lot of his songs that I've grown attached to but none have been able to touch me like this song.’
    • ‘Hopefully there will be none because everyone else will be gobsmacked at your arrogance.’
    • ‘They asked for a reason why the prosecution was discontinued, but have been given none.’
    • ‘It's beginning to build an activist community in a city where previously there was none.’
    • ‘There were none, except perhaps the slight lift of an eyebrow as he noticed Cory's gaze.’
    not one, not a one
    no part, not a part, not a bit, not any
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    1. 1.1 No person; no one:
      ‘none could match her looks’
      • ‘He said that so many people loved her and looked out for her, none more so than the owner and staff of Equinox.’
      • ‘Not only did none of them show up, but none sent me as much as a postcard of good wishes.’
      • ‘Everybody is fully aware of this fact but none demonstrates determination to tackle it.’
      • ‘Many people have been affected deeply by his passing but none more so than his immediate family.’
      • ‘If Donie was the man of the match then there were heroes as well and none more so than goalie Colm Munnelly.’
      • ‘To my sorrow and sadness nobody recognized me and there was none to honour me as your lover at your gate.’
      • ‘Airport paramedics treated the injured passengers at the scene but none was thought to be seriously hurt.’
      • ‘Many others have rarely bothered and none has tried hard enough or often enough.’
      • ‘Police said there were three casualties, but none had suffered anything more than minor injuries.’
      • ‘There will be none to deny that in the rich variety of its attractions it has few equals.’
      • ‘Yet none imaged that a man so full of life would meet such an untimely death.’
      • ‘None of the volunteers reported discomfort, and none experienced cutaneous irritation.’
      • ‘Later, 26 children and one teacher went to hospital, but none was seriously injured.’
      not one, not a one, never a one, not a soul, not a single person, no one, nobody, no man
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none the
  • [with comparative] By no amount; not at all:

    ‘it is made none the easier by the differences in approach’


It is sometimes held that none can only take a singular verb, never a plural verb: none of them is coming tonight rather than none of them are coming tonight. There is little justification, historical or grammatical, for this view. None is descended from Old English nān meaning ‘not one’ and has been used for around a thousand years with both a singular and a plural verb, depending on the context and the emphasis needed


  • none the less

  • none other than

    • Used to emphasize the surprising identity of a person or thing:

      ‘her first customer was none other than Henry du Pont’
      • ‘Their cabin steward for the voyage was none other than the future Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.’
      • ‘The show had to be good as it was choreographed by none other than irrepressible Padamsee.’
      • ‘And it was none other than Rossellini who advised him to turn professional.’
      • ‘She's played by none other than Kitty Bruce, daughter of standup legend Lenny Bruce.’
      • ‘The first victims of his surprise visit were none other than presspersons themselves.’
      • ‘It was inaugurated by none other than Bill Clinton, during his visit to India as the President.’
      • ‘With a wee bit of searching, I found out the mystery presenter is none other than Nance.’
      • ‘One of the kickers in question is none other than Neil Jenkins, the Wales record points scorer.’
      • ‘When the lights came on, a figure sprang up in front of the screen it was none other than Mallika.’
      • ‘This church is supposed to have been founded by none other than Charlemagne.’
  • be none the wiser

  • none the worse for

    • Not adversely affected by:

      ‘we were none the worse for our terrible experience’
      • ‘The Jones family anguish turned to unbridled joy early last Wednesday morning when Conor arrived home none the worse for his ordeal after spending over a week sleeping rough.’
      • ‘The three-year-old bay son of Danehill was on the first of the big rigs to be unloaded and appeared none the worse for his international flight into Chicago and his road trip to Arlington in rush-hour traffic.’
      • ‘My trouser was torn and I had to go home and change into another suit,’ said Ring who was none the worse for the experience.’
      • ‘Apart from the long hair and beard, he was none the worse for this prolonged sojourn in the land of dreams.’
      • ‘Yet here was I, having lost at least a third of my skin, and apparently none the worse for it.’
      • ‘Alan began raising the animal, and it was soon safely back on the surface, seemingly none the worse for its rapid descent of the hole.’
      • ‘We have a full health and safety team in the studio and she was given immediate attention, but was none the worse for what happened.’
      • ‘Finally I managed a smooth getaway and went in to shop, none the worse for the encounter and thinking about how much D.J. looks like her Mama except for that red hair.’
      • ‘By the time he came back, mugs in hand, I was done, and he was none the worse for not knowing.’
      • ‘He takes the harder route, and is none the worse for it.’
  • none too

  • will have (or want) none of something

    • Refuse to accept a particular thing, especially a person's behaviour:

      ‘I will have none of it’
      • ‘As for the fabled influence of women on men, Mrs. Woolf will have none of it.’
      • ‘But when I suggest that might infect the music for some, he will have none of it.’
      • ‘And the Bangalorean knows it and has decided he will have none of it.’
      • ‘All the members of the family plead with her to give the marriage a last chance but she will have none of it.’
      • ‘She will have none of it, she refuses to bow to the lowest instincts of people who are rotten to start with.’
      • ‘However, the geocentrists will have none of it, insisting that language and usage must conform to their standards.’
      • ‘I try to entice him with the biggest hedge maze in the world and a seal sanctuary but he will have none of it.’
      • ‘Perhaps that is why others in similar straits will have none of it.’
      • ‘Yet Brewer regards this as a nostalgic reverie and will have none of it.’
      • ‘Patterson is itching to make his comeback, but the media will have none of it, for now.’


Old English nān, from ne ‘not’ + ān ‘one’, of Germanic origin; compare with German nein no!.




Main definitions of none in English

: none1none2


(also nones)


  • A service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the ninth hour of the day (3 p.m.).


Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin nona, feminine singular of nonus ninth. Compare with noon.