Definition of aren't in US English:



  • 1Are not.

    ‘they aren't here’
    • ‘After all, how can anyone respond to questions that they aren't aware of having been asked?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Days of Worth say they aren't playing it safe, but are seizing the day and making music that counts.’
    • ‘They aren't boisterous, keep themselves neat and tidy and smile at anybody who says hello.’
    • ‘We will be much more approachable, so that people aren't afraid to say anything.’
    • ‘The notion that men aren't able to talk about their emotions is alien to me.’
    • ‘The battles in the party aren't about ideology but about the only question that matters.’
    • ‘There aren't many men that could fight back from tuberculosis and play cricket for England.’
    • ‘It does mean a lot to know that these celebrities aren't too busy to respond.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The high passions aren't down to the two candidates' inspiring visions for the country.’
    • ‘Maybe it's not fashionable to be a keeper any more, so young kids aren't taking up the position.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What puzzles me, as a close follower of this debate, is why these points aren't made more often.’
    • ‘These seem like irrelevant questions, but they aren't that far off from relevancy.’
    • ‘If you really aren't sure about a house, you can have an independent survey done at your own expense.’
    1. 1.1 Am not (only used in questions)
      ‘I'm right, aren't I?’
      ‘why aren't I being given a pay raise?’
      • ‘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? Outside of questions, it is incorrect to use aren't to mean ‘am not’ (for example, I aren't going is clearly wrong). The nonstandard (although logical) form amn't is restricted to Scottish, Irish, and dialect use