new

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

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, 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 , ˈnyü-​ \ adjective
newness noun

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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

As John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck demonstrate in their new book Identity Crisis, this tax has persisted during Trump’s presidency. Seth Masket, Vox, "What the “Trump tax” cost Republicans," 9 Nov. 2018 In her new book, Becoming, and in a clip for an upcoming ABC special released on Good Morning America today, the former First Lady discussed going through a miscarriage and in vitro fertilization (IVF) before conceiving her daughters. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Michelle Obama Conceived Sasha and Malia Using IVF After a Previous Miscarriage," 9 Nov. 2018 Though the build doesn’t contain any new features, Microsoft has made some tweaks to various features within Windows, including Focus Assist. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 The aircraft was practically new, having logged just 800 hours since it was delivered in August. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "How Could a Brand New Boeing Jet Crash Without Warning?," 31 Oct. 2018 The episodes of the new series will air at the same time on both networks. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A 'While You Were Out' Reboot Is Coming to TLC and HGTV," 29 Oct. 2018 Jobson has been a a royal reporter for almost three decades and recently spent 18 months accompanying Charles on official tours around the world while researching the new book, which will be released on November 1, according to The Mirror. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles "Desperately" Wanted to Call Off His Wedding to Princess Diana, According to a New Biography," 27 Oct. 2018 To get more food-cure ideas, pick up a copy of the new book Joy's Simple Food Remedies. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Waldorf Salad," 25 Oct. 2018 Before him were geoscientists such as Mike Forrest at Shell and others who found new ways to identify resources and extract them in some of Earth’s most remote locations and deep water. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 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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The first known use of new was before the 12th century

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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, 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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