new

adjective
\ ˈnü How to pronounce new (audio) , chiefly British ˈnyü, in place names usually (ˌ)nu̇ or or (ˌ)ni How to pronounce new (audio) \

Definition of new

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having recently come into existence : recent, modern I saw their new baby for the first time.
2a(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 He bought a new car.
3 : having been in a relationship or condition but a short time new to the job a new wife
4a : 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 : different from one of the same category that has existed previously new realism
6 : of dissimilar origin and usually of superior quality a new strain of hybrid corn
7 capitalized : modern sense 3 especially : having been in use after medieval times New Greek

new

adverb

Definition of new (Entry 2 of 3)

: newly, recently usually used in combination

New

geographical name
\ ˈnü How to pronounce New (audio) , ˈnyü\

Definition of New (Entry 3 of 3)

river flowing 320 miles (515 kilometers) from northwestern North Carolina north across Virginia into West Virginia, where it joins the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River

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Other Words from new

Adjective

newish \ ˈnü-​ish How to pronounce newish (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ adjective
newness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for new

Synonyms: Adjective

makeshift, substitute, substitutive

Synonyms: Adverb

freshly, just, late, lately, newly, now, only, recently

Antonyms: Adjective

original

Antonyms: Adverb

anciently

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Adjective

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

Examples of new in a Sentence

Adjective

They visited the new library. I saw their new baby for the first time. They planted new trees on the campus. a new kind of music She couldn't afford a new car, so she bought a used one. He bought the car new. She is eager to see his new apartment. This is my new stepsister. the young man and his new wife I made a new friend today.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

During that time, Bergdorf’s BG Restaurant is offering an English afternoon tea, served up on the new Sailor’s Farewell Wedgwood collection. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kit Kemp Welcomes Us into Her Fantastical World at Bergdorf Goodman," 19 Apr. 2019 In tandem with the visual's release, Bey shocked fans by dropping a new album titled Homecoming: The Live Album which features a whopping 40 tracks. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Three of Beyoncé's Kids Made a Surprise Appearance in Her Netflix Documentary," 18 Apr. 2019 Kelly is visibly excited (and maybe even nervous?) to be on stage with Reba, who released her new album Stronger Than the Truth in April. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson Met on 'American Idol' Long Before They Were Related," 14 Apr. 2019 People have previously guessed that the new album will pivot from the snakes of Reputation or feature mermaids or butterflies. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Website Now Has a Countdown—and Fans Think New Music Is Coming Soon," 13 Apr. 2019 The notion of scientific authority—of argument rooted in experimental facts as opposed to unsubstantiated opinion—was something new in Galileo’s time. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "‘The Workshop and the World’ Review: Science and Authority," 5 Apr. 2019 The holiday season rolls on this week with a slew of new, fun Christmas movies and TV shows from Hallmark, Lifetime, and Freeform. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 9 Dec. 2018 Calling all country fans who also happen to love Hallmark: There's a new Hallmark Christmas movie inspired by Blake Shelton's life! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Sweet True Story Behind Blake Shelton's New Hallmark Christmas Movie," 9 Dec. 2018 But the chief of staff’s new and improved bureaucratic process had little effect on the President Trump’s use of his Twitter account or tendency to cause controversy with his own statements. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "John Kelly is out as White House chief of staff, Trump announces," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of new

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for new

Adjective

Middle English newe, new, nywe, going back to Old English nīowe, nīewe, nēowe, going back to Germanic *neuja- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German niuwi "new," Middle Dutch nieuwe, nûwe, Old Norse nýr, Gothic niujis), going back to Indo-European *neu̯i̯o-, derivative of *neu̯o- "new, young," whence Latin novus "new" (from *newos), Greek néos "young, fresh, new," Tocharian A ñu "new," Tocharian B ñuwe, Sanskrit návaḥ "new, fresh, young," Avestan nauua-, Hittite nēwa- "new"; also, going back to presumed ablaut variant, *nou̯o- (whence Old Church Slavic novŭ "new, recent") and *nou̯i̯o- (whence Old Irish náue, nuae "new, fresh," Welsh newydd, Lithuanian naũjas "new," Sanskrit návyaḥ "new, young"); also, going back to a derivative *neu̯ǝro- (parallel to Greek nearós "youthful, tender"), Armenian nor "new"

Note: A widely attested Indo-European adjective, apparently extant in all major branches except Albanian. Indo-European *neu̯o-, etc., may be based on *nu, *nuH "now" (see now entry 1).

Adverb

Middle English newe, going back to Old English nīwe, derivative of nīowe, nīewe new entry 1

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new

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of new

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not old : recently born, built, or created
: not used by anyone else previously
: recently bought, rented, etc.

new

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of new (Entry 2 of 2)

: newly or recently

new

adjective
\ ˈnü How to pronounce new (audio) , ˈnyü\
newer; newest

Kids Definition of new

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recently bought, acquired, or rented Dad gave me a new rug for my new apartment.
2 : taking the place of someone or something that came before We got a new teacher in March.
3 : recently discovered or learned a new planet He showed us a new trick.
4 : beginning as a repeating of a previous thing a new year
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 : having recently come into existence We looked at new computers.
7 : not used by anyone previously She traded her used car for a new one.
8 : not accustomed He's new to the job.

Other Words from new

newness noun

new

adverb

Kids Definition of new (Entry 2 of 2)

: newly, recently new-mown grass

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