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not  


Not is often shortened to n't in spoken English, and added to the auxiliary or modal verb. For example, `did not' is often shortened to `didn't'.     
1       neg   You use not with verbs to form negative statements.  
The sanctions are not working the way they were intended..., I was not in Britain at the time..., There are many things you won't understand here..., I don't trust my father anymore.     
2       neg   You use not to form questions to which you expect the answer `yes'.  
Haven't they got enough problems there already?..., Didn't I see you at the party last week?..., Didn't you just love the Waltons?     
3       neg   You use not, usually in the form n't, in questions which imply that someone should have done something, or to express surprise that something is not the case.  
Why didn't you do it months ago?..., Hasn't anyone ever kissed you before?..., Shouldn't you have gone further?...     
4       neg   You use not, usually in the form n't, in question tags after a positive statement.  
`It's a nice piece of jewellery though, isn't it?'..., I've been a great husband, haven't I?...     
5       neg   You use not, usually in the form n't, in polite suggestions.,   (politeness)    Actually we do have a position in mind. Why don't you fill out our application?..., Couldn't they send it by train?     
6       neg   You use not to represent the negative of a word, group, or clause that has just been used.  
`Have you found Paula?'<emdash10001`I'm afraid not, Kate.'..., At first I really didn't care whether he came or not.     
7       neg   You can use not in front of `all' or `every' when you want to say something that applies only to some members of the group that you are talking about.  
Not all the money, to put it mildly, has been used wisely..., Not every applicant had a degree.     
8       neg   If something is not always the case, you mean that sometimes it is the case and sometimes it is not.  
She couldn't always afford a babysitter..., The life of an FBI agent wasn't always as glamorous as people thought.     
9       neg   You can use not or not even in front of `a' or `one' to emphasize that there is none at all of what is being mentioned.,   (emphasis)    The houses are beautiful, but there's no shop, not even a pub to go into..., I sent report after report. But not one word was published...     
10       neg   You can use not in front of a word referring to a distance, length of time, or other amount to say that the actual distance, time, or amount is less than the one mentioned.  
NEG amount  
The tug crossed our stern not fifty yards away..., They were here not five minutes ago!     
11       neg   You use not when you are contrasting something that is true with something that is untrue. You use this especially to indicate that people might think that the untrue statement is true.  
He has his place in the Asian team not because he is white but because he is good..., Training is an investment not a cost...     
12       neg   You use not in expressions such as `not only', `not just', and `not simply' to emphasize that something is true, but it is not the whole truth.,   (emphasis)    These movies were not only making money; they were also perceived to be original..., There is always a `black market' not just in Britain but in Europe as a whole...     
13       phrase   You use not that to introduce a negative clause that contradicts something that the previous statement implies.  
His death took me a year to get over; not that you're ever really over it...     
14       convention   Not at all is an emphatic way of saying `No' or of agreeing that the answer to a question is `No'.,   (emphasis)    `Sorry. I sound like Abby, don't I?'<emdash10001`No. Not at all.'..., `You don't think that you've betrayed your country.'<emdash>`No I don't. No, not at all.'     
15       convention   Not at all is a polite way of acknowledging a person's thanks.,   (formulae)    `Thank you very much for speaking with us.'<emdash>`Not at all.'     
16   
    not half  
    half  
    if not  
    if  
    not least  
    least  
    not to mention  
    mention  
    nothing if not  
    nothing  
    more often than not  
    often  


forget-me-not        ( forget-me-nots    plural  ) A forget-me-not is a small plant with tiny blue flowers.      n-count  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
not on your tintype exp.
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century

Additional comments:

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
id.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
v.
am not
as in, I amn't going to the store. to replace the word ain't.
v.
Not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.
exp.
not an easy task
v.
like a cocoon not an infection.
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
n.
something not worthy; something of poor quality; a crap
[Slang] This book is a bag of wank, I am disappointed.
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
n.
a group to vote for as a whole, not by individuals.
a term used on voting ballots
n.
a lengthy commercial (frequently of a half-hour or hour's duration) parading as information or a documentary, though not necessarily presented by a celebrity.
n.
someone who does not use high-technology items or services on a daily basis
[Slang] "Amish" is the name of a religious group arisen in the 16th century, that resists modern world's changes (including technology, fashion etc.)
n.
addendum to a contract in general that you do not wish for everyone to see
[Leg.]
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
n.
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
[Comp.];[Slang]
n.
an ambitious woman who thinks her career really matters more than many things and is not willing to compromise on it
exp.
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
n.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
exp.
neighborhood considered dangerous, where it's not recommended to go, especially as an outsider
exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
exp.
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen

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