|1.||a. used to negate the sentence, phrase, or word that it modifies: I will not stand for it|
|b. (in combination): they cannot go|
|2.||(conjunction) not that Also (archaic): not but what which is not to say or suppose that: I expect to lose the game — not that I mind|
|3.||used to indicate denial, negation, or refusal: certainly not|
|[C14 not, variant of nought nothing, from Old English nāwiht, from nā no + wiht creature, thing. See |
In addition to the idioms beginning with not, also see all that glitters is not gold; (not) all there; (not) at all; believe it or not; caught dead, not be; (not a) Chinaman's chance; coming or going, not know if; do as I say (not as I do); game is not worth the candle; heart (not) in it; hold one's breath, not; (not) in the least; (not) in the mood; it's (not) your funeral; last but not least; like as not; living soul, not a; mince matters, not to; more often than not; (not) move a muscle; no problem (not to worry); (not to) sneeze at; (not) take no for an answer; (not) the half of it; (not) turn a hair; two wrongs do not make a right; waste not, want not; whether or not; without a (not a) leg to stand on; won't (will not) hear of. For verbal phrases also see under can't; couldn't; wouldn't.