When things come to naught, they've come to nothing. If you feel bad about ending up with nothing, you can also say "It was all for naught!"

Have you ever put a lot of work into something and all you ended up with was nada, nil, nothing, zero, zilch, and zip? Then your efforts came to naught. Naught is a word for nothing that is used in specific ways, usually when a project or effort comes to naught.

Definitions of naught
  1. noun
    a quantity of no importance
    “it was all for naught
    synonyms: aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zip, zippo
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    (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ)
    type of:
    relative quantity
    a quantity relative to some purpose
  2. noun
    complete failure
    “all my efforts led to naught
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    type of:
    an act that fails
Commonly confused words

Your Head Will Spin: "Naught," "Aught," and "Ought"

Three little words we just can't seem to get right, across the pond and at home.

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