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synonyms for zero

  • nil
  • aught
  • blank
  • bottom
  • cipher
  • nada
  • nadir
  • naught
  • nix
  • nobody
  • nonentity
  • nought
  • nullity
  • oblivion
  • scratch
  • shutout
  • void
  • zilch
  • zip
  • insignificancy
  • lowest point
  • ought
  • rock bottom
  • zot

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What is another word for zero?

In math and more generally, something that has the value of zero can be described as null, as in null set and The value is null. 

The word cipher was once used as another name for zero.

Sometimes, the term goose egg is used as an informal way to refer to zero, especially in the context of a score, as in I scored a big ol’ goose egg on that round.

Zero is commonly used in a general way to mean none or nothing. Synonyms for this sense of the word include nil, naught, nought, and aught.

Sometimes the word no can be used to mean the same thing as zero, as in We lowered the price but we had no offers—and I mean zero offers. 

More informal synonyms for zero in the sense of nothing include zip, zippo, zilch, nada (the Spanish word for “nothing”), diddly, and diddly-squat.

The word zero can also be used as a verb meaning “to reduce to zero.” The verb phrase zero out is more commonly used, as in Zero out these totals. 

Sometimes, the word zero is used to refer to a person considered completely insignificant, as in They went from zeroes to heroes. Similar words include nobody and loser, but calling someone (or yourself) any of these names is never a nice thing to say.

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antonyms for zero

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How to use zero in a sentence

The hospital effectively ended the legal proceedings by filing thousands of notices with Shelby County General Sessions Court stating that the defendants’ balances were now zero.
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“What I’m focused on is ensuring we’re picking the right areas of enterprise to focus on,” she said, citing training, remote assist, and 3D visualization as the three primary use cases the company is zeroing in on.
MAGIC LEAP’S PEGGY JOHNSON: BECOMING CEO OF A PIVOTING BUSINESS DOESN’T MEAN JUMPING OFF THE ‘GLASS CLIFF’LBELANGER225OCTOBER 1, 2020FORTUNE
The plaintiffs in Texas, which include 18 states with Republican governors or attorneys general, claim this zeroed-out mandate is unconstitutional.
7 BIG CASES THE SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR IN ITS NEW TERM, EXPLAINEDIAN MILLHISEROCTOBER 1, 2020VOX
You’ve got to connect with those people who are at ground zero and know what they’re saying is really happening.
ERIN BROCKOVICH HAS GIVEN UP ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAVING THE ENVIRONMENTNICOLE GOODKINDSEPTEMBER 25, 2020FORTUNE
“The industry dynamics have changed,” said Antonios Drossos, a Finland-based telecoms consultant whose firm Rewheel has analyzed EU zero-rating offers over recent years.
THE EU’S TOP COURT JUST CLOSED A MAJOR LOOPHOLE IN EUROPE’S NET-NEUTRALITY RULESDAVID MEYERSEPTEMBER 15, 2020FORTUNE
By zeroing in on one role to fix a problem with the entire agency, agency employees and execs say that can make it one person’s responsibility rather than the whole agency which can make it difficult for that executive to succeed.
‘URGENT NEED’: HOW AGENCIES ARE DEPLOYING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION EXECS, FORMING NEW COUNCILS TO CREATE MORE EQUITABLE COMPANIESKRISTINA MONLLOSAUGUST 21, 2020DIGIDAY
To this end, we need to start reducing “work-for-a-living” hours towards zero, which is a trend we are already seeing in Europe.
THE GLOBAL WORK CRISIS: AUTOMATION, THE CASE AGAINST JOBS, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT ITPETER XINGAUGUST 6, 2020SINGULARITY HUB 
But the day he planned to start was very cold—the mercury stood twenty-seven below zero.
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Of course, at roulette, some number or zero itself is bound to come up every time, but number twenty-seven was invariably unlucky.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME III (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
The words whispered in the pastry-cook's ear cooled his hot fit of courage down to zero.
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WORDS RELATED TO ZERO

  • anything
  • cipher
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  • zilch
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