Main definitions of none in English

: none1none2

none1

pronoun

  • 1Not any.

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

none the
  • with comparative By no amount; not at all.

    ‘it is made none the easier by the differences in approach’
    not at all, not a bit, not the slightest bit, in no way, to no extent, by no means any, not for a moment
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Usage

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

Phrases

  • none other than

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

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

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

none

/nʌn/

Main definitions of none in English

: none1none2

none2

(also nones)

noun

  • 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.).

Origin

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

Pronunciation

none

/nəʊn/