Pronunciation Adverb

not (not comparable)

  1. Negates the meaning of the modified verb.
    • 1973 November 17, Richard Milhous Nixon, Orlando press conference:
      People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 59:
      The sound of Abba singing 'Dancing Queen' had started up in a room the other side of the court. Adrian slammed the window shut.
      ‘That'll teach you to throw things out of the window,’ said Gary.
      ‘It'll teach me not to throw things out of the window.’
    • 1998 January 26, William Jefferson Clinton, White House press conference:
      I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
    • 2016, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Oh, Pete. This is not the gym. — That’s right, Anna. This is the mailroom.
    Did you take out the trash? No, I did not.
    Not knowing any better, I went ahead.
  2. To no degree.
    That is not red; it's green.
    It's not you, it's me.
  3. (understatement, litotes) Used to modify superlatives to indicate the opposite or near opposite, often in a form of understatement.
    That day was not the best day of my life.
    It was not my favorite movie of all time.
Related terms Translations
  • French: ne ... pas, pas, ne (see entries for usage)
  • German: nicht
  • Italian: non, (colloquial) mica
  • Portuguese: não
  • Russian: не
  • Spanish: no
  1. And not.
    I wanted a plate of shrimp, not a bucket of chicken.
    He painted the car blue and black, not solid purple.
  • French: pas, (please verify) non#French|non (fr)
  • German: nicht
  • Italian: non
  • Portuguese: não
  • Russian: а не
  • Spanish: no
  1. (slang, 1990s) Used to indicate that the previous phrase was meant sarcastically or ironically.
    I really like hanging out with my little brother watching Barney... not!
    Sure, you're perfect the way you are... not!
Synonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: só que não

not (plural nots)

  1. altcaps en


not (plural nots)

  1. (mathematics, logic) A unary operation on logical values that changes true to false, and false to true.
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