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adjective \ˈnü, chiefly British ˈnyü, in place names usually (ˌ)nu̇ oror (ˌ)ni\

Simple Definition of new

  • : not old : recently born, built, or created

  • : not used by anyone else previously

  • : recently bought, rented, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of new

  1. 1 :  having recently come into existence :  recent, modern

  2. 2 a (1) :  having been seen, used, or known for a short time :  novel <rice was a new crop for the area> (2) :  unfamiliar <visit new places> b :  being other than the former or old <a steady flow of new money>

  3. 3 :  having been in a relationship or condition but a short time <new to the job> <a new wife>

  4. 4 a :  beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing <a new day> <the new edition> b :  made or become fresh <awoke a new person> c :  relating to or being a new moon

  5. 5 :  different from one of the same category that has existed previously <new realism>

  6. 6 :  of dissimilar origin and usually of superior quality <a new strain of hybrid corn>

  7. 7 capitalized :  modern 3; especially :  having been in use after medieval times

newish play \ˈnü-ish, ˈnyü-\ adjective
newness noun

Examples of new in a sentence

  1. They visited the new library.

  2. I saw their new baby for the first time.

  3. They planted new trees on the campus.

  4. a new kind of music

  5. She couldn't afford a new car, so she bought a used one.

  6. He bought the car new.

  7. She is eager to see his new apartment.

  8. This is my new stepsister.

  9. the young man and his new wife

  10. I made a new friend today.

Origin of new

Middle English, from Old English nīwe; akin to Old High German niuwi new, Latin novus, Greek neos

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of new

new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused <new brick> or has not been known before <new designs> or not experienced before <starts the new job>. novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <a novel approach to the problem>. original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <a man without one original idea>. fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <a fresh start>.




Simple Definition of new

  • : newly or recently

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of new

  1. :  newly, recently —usually used in combination

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of new

before 12th century

NEW Defined for Kids



adjective \ˈnü, ˈnyü\

Definition of new for Students


  1. 1 :  recently bought, acquired, or rented <Dad gave me a new rug for my new apartment.>

  2. 2 :  taking the place of someone or something that came before <We got a new teacher in March.>

  3. 3 :  recently discovered or learned <a new planet> <He showed us a new trick.>

  4. 4 :  beginning as a repeating of a previous thing <a new year>

  5. 5 :  being in a position, place, or state for the first time <He's a new member of the team.> <We met her new husband.>

  6. 6 :  having recently come into existence <We looked at new computers.>

  7. 7 :  not used by anyone previously <She traded her used car for a new one.>

  8. 8 :  not accustomed <He's new to the job.>

newness noun




Definition of new for Students

  1. :  newly, recently <new-mown grass>

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