Main definitions of no in US English:

: no1No2No3

no1

determiner

  • 1Not any.

    ‘there is no excuse’
    ‘no two plants are alike’
    1. 1.1 Used to indicate that something is quite the opposite of what is being specified.
      ‘it was no easy task persuading her’
      ‘Toby is no fool’
    2. 1.2 Hardly any.
      ‘you'll be back in no time’
    3. 1.3 Used in notices or slogans forbidding or rejecting something specified.
      ‘“No Smoking” signs’
      ‘no nukes’

exclamation

  • 1Used to give a negative response.

    ‘“Is anything wrong?” “No.”’
    no indeed, absolutely not, most certainly not, of course not, under no circumstances, by no means, not at all, negative, never, not really, no thanks
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    1. 1.1 Expressing disagreement or contradiction.
      ‘“This is boring.” “No, it's not!”’
    2. 1.2 Expressing agreement with or affirmation of a negative statement.
      ‘they would never cause a fuss, oh no’
    3. 1.3 Expressing shock or disappointment at something one has heard or discovered.
      ‘oh no, look at this!’

adverb

  • 1with comparative Not at all; to no extent.

    ‘they were no more able to perform the task than I was’
  • 2Scottish Not.

    ‘I'll no be a minute’

noun

  • A negative answer or decision, as in voting.

    ‘he was unable to change his automatic yes to a no’
    • ‘For, among many other things, the French and Dutch votes were also noes to the consequences of enlargement and to the prospect of further enlargements.’
    • ‘The French noes and the British noes are the most incompatible of all.’
    • ‘Since then, we've been arguing - sometimes bitterly - about the church's yeses and the noes to modernity and the liberal heritage.’
    • ‘At the time of writing the score was four yeses (US, UK, Spain and Bulgaria) to five noes (France, Russia, China, Germany and Syria) with six doubtful.’
    • ‘Perhaps the editor feels that as a leading member of the ‘traditional left’ on Labour's national Executive, the critique of his string of noes runs a little close to home?’
    • ‘‘Yes’ may be easier on them in the short term, but a few more noes are far more effective in the long term.’
    • ‘Super-optimists suggest that, perhaps with some changes and reassurance from European leaders, the noes might be turned into yeses, like water into wine.’
    • ‘If one goes to the application book, volume 1, page 23, line 30, it can be seen that it is recorded that the result of the division, this is on the second reading: ayes 14 and noes 13.’
    rejection, refusal, veto, no, negation, rebuff, disapproval, turning down, turndown, non-acceptance, declining, dismissal, spurning, cold shoulder, cold-shouldering, snub, snubbing
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Phrases

  • no can do

    • informal I am unable to do it.

      • ‘Soon I have a crowd forming, and people jumping onto the other set of pads to try to beat me… but no can do, I am invincible!’
      • ‘I've tried to compromise with him, but no can do, he loves his mommy too much.’
      • ‘Oh, no can do, sweetheart, I'm booked up until - let's see - next Tuesday.’
      • ‘Ooh, Thursday, no can do, mom's home tonight and Bruce is making dinner.’
      • ‘Sorry, no can do, they're contaminated with asbestos.’
      • ‘‘Hmm… tempting, very tempting,’ Pearl mocked, ‘but no can do.’’
      • ‘Sorry, but no can do, you've seen us, it's not safe for either of us to part company.’
      • ‘‘Sorry, no can do,’ I laughed cheerfully, grabbing his arm and pulling him to his feet before he had a chance to protest.’
      • ‘‘Sorry missy, no can do, go home,’ he said pointing at the elevator.’
      • ‘‘He told me to let go, and I said, ‘Sorry, kid, no can do.’’
  • the noes have it

    • The negative votes are in the majority.

      • ‘The noes have it and the amendment is lost.’
      • ‘Add me to the mix, and the noes have it.’
      • ‘The Chair must state whether the ayes or the noes have it and, if a member challenges the Chair's opinion, the question must be decided by a division.’
      • ‘If the noes have it, then that is what most expect.’
  • no longer

    • Not now as formerly.

      ‘they no longer live here’
      • ‘Next time you feel a little peckish try water first you may find that you are no longer hungry.’
      • ‘He also raised the question of what would happen when it was no longer needed by the family.’
      • ‘Thank goodness that we live in an age when we no longer have to suffer unnecessarily.’
      • ‘We all know how annoying it can be to receive post for people who no longer live at our address.’
      • ‘Depending on who buys it, it could mean the public no longer has access to the house.’
      • ‘She can no longer live on her own, and has been forced to live in a residential care home.’
      • ‘First, the working class and the oppressed can no longer go on living in the old way.’
      • ‘After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘He said the situation had become so bad that he could no longer find anyone else to work in the shop.’
      • ‘Sorry to have to let you know that Steve is no longer living with us and I am now a single mum.’
  • no place

    • Nowhere.

      • ‘They can see that in a few weeks down the road, they may have no place to bury their dead.’
      • ‘I had no connection to anything and it felt as though there was no place for me to fit.’
      • ‘He added that had any of the women he approached agreed to be photographed he had no place in mind to take them.’
      • ‘With plenty to do off the mountains, there is definitely no place like home.’
      • ‘Sidewalk vendors who have no place to sell lunches and snacks have nowhere to turn.’
      • ‘There is no place that would be or should be immune from its influence and control.’
      • ‘We must buy or rent land and the building that sits upon it, or we have no place we can go.’
      • ‘There would be no place for those who say they want their British heritage.’
      • ‘At night, especially, you feel that no place on earth is so completely of its time.’
      • ‘She knew she was caught and there was no place to go but she was not going to go quietly.’
  • not take no for an answer

    • Persist in spite of refusals.

      • ‘Their boss (like most bosses) doesn't take no for an answer and is adamant they get the client or face being sacked.’
      • ‘Which I did, but he smiled at me and said that he didn't take no for an answer, literally dragging me out onto the dance floor.’
      • ‘I tell him all the time that I don't, but he doesn't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘She didn't take no for an answer and insubordination was not tolerated.’
      • ‘I don't think that is going to be possible, she is so full of energy and doesn't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘Mac simply doesn't take no for an answer and if anyone is looking for a debt-collector, he's your man!’
      • ‘After two weeks of seeing her like this he had finally demanded she go see a doctor and he didn't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘Their tactics aren't always nice - they agitate, they don't take no for an answer and sometimes they are confrontational.’
      • ‘And if he doesn't take no for an answer, come and tell me.’
      • ‘Fill in a claim form ASAP and, if you believe your claim is genuine and falls within the terms of your policy, don't take no for an answer.’
  • no two ways about it

    • Used to convey that there can be no doubt about something.

      • ‘She added: ‘It's been chaotic, there's no two ways about it.’’
      • ‘‘There is no two ways about it, people view being able to access services seven days a week now as the norm and we believe that if we are going to do this, let's do it right,’ she said.’
      • ‘Soon after marriage, she realised that decisions regarding the area of interest for a woman ought to be made by herself and that there could be no two ways about it.’
      • ‘There's just no two ways about it - people who read Marcel Proust and Bertrand Russell instead of Entertainment Weekly actually do learn stuff…’
      • ‘I have been happy with the way things have started and there is no two ways about it - I want to end the season as the best bowler in the league.’
      • ‘There are no two ways about it, you are there, or you are not.’
      • ‘One cleric told researchers: ‘There is no two ways about it, it has been very demoralising.’’
      • ‘There's no two ways about it, he wouldn't be here now if Lisa hadn't done what she did.’
      • ‘But without my helmet I would be dead, there's no two ways about it.’
      • ‘At the moment it's a bit of a mourning process but he will definitely bounce back, no two ways about it.’
  • no way

    • informal Under no circumstances; not at all.

      ‘You think she's alone? No way’
      • ‘Oh, no way. Who would fake being pregnant?’
      • ‘You can't be serious… no way… did you get me a car?’
  • or no

    • Or not.

      ‘she'd have ridden there, winter or no’
      • ‘But lest I be accused of favoring nuclear war, please take note that the consequences of nuclear war would be horrendous, nuclear winter or no.’
  • — or no —

    • Regardless of the specified thing.

      ‘recession or no recession there is always going to be a shortage of good people’

Origin

Old English nō, nā (adverb), from ne ‘not’ + ō, ā ‘ever’. The determiner arose in Middle English (originally before words beginning with any consonant except h-), reduced from non, from Old English nān (see none).

Pronunciation

no

/noʊ//nō/

Main definitions of no in US English:

: no1No2No3

No2

  • The chemical element nobelium.

Main definitions of no in US English:

: no1No2No3

No3

noun

  • variant spelling of Noh

Pronunciation

No

/nō//noʊ/