Learn how to say Not correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word not:
1 (also n’t joined to a preceding verb) used with an auxiliary verb or ‘be’ to form the negative:
he would not say
she isn’t there
didn’t you tell me?
used in some constructions with other verbs:
he has been warned not to touch
the pain of not knowing
she not only wrote the text but also researched the photographs
2used as a short substitute for a negative clause:
maybe I’ll regret it, but I hope not
‘Don’t you keep in touch?’ ‘I’m afraid not’
they wouldn’t know if I was telling the truth or not
3used to express the negative of other words:
not a single attempt was made
treating the symptoms and not the cause
‘How was it?’ ‘Not so bad.’
used with a quantifier to exclude a person or part of a group:
not all the poems are serious
no more than (used to indicate a surprisingly small quantity):
the brakes went on not ten feet from him
4used in understatements to suggest that the opposite of a following word or phrase is true:
the not too distant future
not a million miles away
informal, humorous following and emphatically negating a statement:
that sounds like quality entertainment—not
[ late 19th century: popularized by the film Wayne’s World (1992)]
(often NOT) Electronics
a Boolean operator with only one variable that has the value one when the variable is zero and vice versa.
(also not gate) a circuit which produces an output signal only when there is not a signal on its input.
(often Not) Art (of paper) not hot-pressed, and having a slightly textured surface.
not at all
‘You don’t mind?’ ‘Not at all.’
2used as a polite response to thanks.
not but what
not but what the picture has its darker side
it is not to be inferred that:
I’ll never be allowed back—not that I’d want to go back
not a thing
nothing at all.
Middle English: contraction of the adverb nought