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new

adjective \ ˈnü , chiefly British ˈnyü , in place names usually (ˌ)nu̇ or or (ˌ)ni \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of new

1 : having recently come into existence : recent, modern
  • I saw their new baby for the first time.
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
  • He bought a new car.
3 : having been in a relationship or condition but a short time
  • new to the job
  • a new wife
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 : 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 3; especially : having been in use after medieval times
  • New Greek

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.

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Origin and Etymology of new

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 1now).

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

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new

adverb

Definition of new

: newly, recently usually used in combination

Recent Examples of new from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of new

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

new Synonyms


New

geographical name \ ˈnü , ˈnyü \

Definition of New

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

NEW Defined for English Language Learners

new

adjective

Definition of new for English Language Learners

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

  • : not used by anyone else previously

  • : recently bought, rented, etc.


new

adverb

Definition of new for English Language Learners

  • : newly or recently


NEW Defined for Kids

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new

adjective \ ˈnü , ˈnyü \

Definition of new for Students

newer; newest
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.

newness

noun

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new

adverb

Definition of new for Students

: newly, recently
  • new-mown grass


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