\ 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

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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 Last week, more than 8,000 new cases were reported in that age group, compared with about 2,000 among people 55 to 64 years old. Carla K. Johnson, Tamara Lush, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus cases surge among younger Americans, endangering them and older adults they come into contact with," 25 June 2020 Of the 279 new cases, 167 cases, or 60%, are from Madison and 112, or 40%, are from other cities the county. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dane County reports sharp increase in coronavirus cases, with half affecting people in their 20s. Many linked to businesses near UW," 25 June 2020 Lake County reported 72 new cases, bringing its total to 4,596 cases with 238 deaths. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: 523 new cases, 9 more deaths reported," 25 June 2020 Maryland added 21 deaths and 440 cases, the highest number of daily new cases in over a week. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "Bowser warns against large gatherings during July 4 holiday," 25 June 2020 The California Department of Public Health reported a record 7,149 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Calls grow for Disney World to delay reopening as coronavirus cases spike," 25 June 2020 There have been more than 2,200 new daily cases since the beginning of the month, leading to extraordinary measures such as admitting adult patients to the Texas Children's Hospital to make up for a lack of resources. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Texas governor suspends elective surgeries in major cities as the coronavirus overwhelms hospitals," 25 June 2020 Nevertheless, the number of new cases Thursday is quite large. cleveland, "Ohio has had 47,651 coronavirus cases, up 892: Thursday update," 25 June 2020 The state has added about 2,700 new cases per day over the seven days that ended Tuesday. Faith Karimi And Douglas Wood, CNN, "'Apocalyptic' coronavirus surges feared in major cities as most populous states hit record numbers," 25 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“New.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/new. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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
\ 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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