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none1

[nuhn] /nʌn/
pronoun
1.
no one; not one:
None of the members is going.
2.
not any, as of something indicated:
None of the pie is left. That is none of your business.
3.
no part; nothing:
I'll have none of your backtalk!
4.
(used with a plural verb) no or not any persons or things:
I left three pies on the table and now there are none. None were left when I came.
adverb
5.
to no extent; in no way; not at all:
The supply is none too great.
adjective
6.
Archaic. not any; no (usually used only before a vowel or h):
Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English non, Old English nān, equivalent to ne not + ān one
Usage note
Since none has the meanings “not one” and “not any,” some insist that it always be treated as a singular and be followed by a singular verb: The rescue party searched for survivors, but none was found. However, none has been used with both singular and plural verbs since the 9th century. When the sense is “not any persons or things” (as in the example above), the plural is more common: … none were found. Only when none is clearly intended to mean “not one” or “not any” is it followed by a singular verb: Of all my articles, none has received more acclaim than my latest one.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonest

none1

/nʌn/
pronoun
1.
not any of a particular class: none of my letters has arrived
2.
no-one; nobody: there was none to tell the tale
3.
no part (of a whole); not any (of): none of it looks edible
4.
none other, no other person: none other than the Queen herself
5.
(foll by a comparative adjective) none the, in no degree: she was none the worse for her ordeal
6.
none too, not very: he was none too pleased with his car
Usage note
None is a singular pronoun and should be used with a singular form of a verb: none of the students has (not have) a car
Word Origin
Old English nān, literally: not one

none2

/nəʊn/
noun
1.
another word for nones
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Word Origin and History for nonest

none

n.

Old English nan (pron.) "not one, not any," from ne "not" (see no) + an "one" (see one). Cognate with Old Saxon, Middle Low German nen, Old Norse neinn, Middle Dutch, Dutch neen, Old High German, German nein "no," and analogous to Latin non- (see non-). As an adverb from c.1200. As an adjective, since c.1600 reduced to no except in a few archaic phrases, especially before vowels, such as none other, none the worse.

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