not

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See also: nöt, nøt, nót, nốt, Not, NOT, nôt, and nőt

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English not, nat, variant of noght, naht (not, nothing), from Old English *nōht, nāht (nought, nothing), short for nōwiht, nāwiht (nothing, literally no thing, no creature), corresponding to (no) + wiht (thing, creature). Cognate with Scots nat, naucht (not), Saterland Frisian nit (not), West Frisian net (not), Dutch niet (not), German nicht (not). Compare nought and aught. More at no, wight.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

not (not comparable)

  1. Negates the meaning of the modified verb.
    • 1973, Richard Nixon.
      Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.
    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 orange.

Usage notes[edit]

In modern usage, the form do not ... (or don’t ...) is preferred to ... not for all but a short list of verbs (is/am/are/was/were, have/has/had, can/could, shall/should, will/would, may/might, need):

  • They do not sow. (modern) vs. They sow not. (KJB)

American usage tends to prefer don’t have or haven’t got to have not or haven’t, except when have is used as an auxiliary (or in the idiom have-not):

  • I don’t have a clue or I haven’t got a clue. (US)
  • I haven’t a clue or I haven't got a clue. (outside US)
  • I haven’t been to Spain. (universal)

The verb need is only directly negated when used as an auxiliary, and even this usage is rare in the US.

  • You don’t need to trouble yourself. (US)
  • You needn’t trouble yourself. (outside US)
  • I don’t need any eggs today. (universal)

The verb dare can sometimes be directly negated.

  • I daren't do that.

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Conjunction[edit]

not

  1. And not.
    I wanted a plate of shrimp, not a bucket of chicken.
    He painted the car blue and black, not solid purple.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The construction “A, not B” is synonymous with the constructions “A, and not B”; “not B, but A”; and “not B, but rather A”.

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Interjection[edit]

not!

  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!

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Noun[edit]

not (plural nots)

  1. Unary logical function NOT, true if input is false, or a gate implementing that negation function.
    You need a not there to conform with the negative logic of the memory chip.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From notoj.

Noun[edit]

not m

  1. a swim

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Aromanian[edit]

Verb[edit]

not

  1. Alternative form of anot to swim

Danish[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From German Nut.

Noun[edit]

not c (singular definite noten, plural indefinite noter)

  1. (mechanics) A groove.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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From Norwegian not.

Noun[edit]

not c (singular definite noten or notet, plural indefinite noter or not)

  1. (fishing) A seine net.
  2. plural indefinite of not
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Etymology 3[edit]

See note.

Verb[edit]

not

  1. Imperative of note.

Icelandic[edit]

Noun[edit]

not n pl (plurale tantum)

  1. use

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Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

not

  1. rafsi of notci.

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran) notg

Etymology[edit]

From Latin nox, noctem, from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts.

Noun[edit]

not f (plural nots)

  1. (Puter, Vallader) night

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Noun[edit]

not m (genitive not, plural notaichean)

  1. Alternative form of nota.

Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

not c

  1. (music) note.
  2. a short message; note.
  3. (diplomacy) a formal message from a country to another country’s embassy.

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English North.

Noun[edit]

not

  1. North

Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

not (definite accusative notu, plural notlar)

  1. a short message; note
    Not: Seni seviyorum.
    PS: I love you.

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