\ 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 Andre now has a new guardian and a safe place to live. Star Tribune, "Ordinary acts of kindness offer welcome COVID-19 relief," 24 Oct. 2020 In typically British fashion, new mayoral arrangements have been laid on top of older ones, producing a mess. The Economist, "The fight between central government and city mayors over lockdown," 24 Oct. 2020 As new restrictions for Kane, DuPage, Will and Kankakee counties go into effect Friday, the governor was asked about a list of bar and restaurant owners who plan to defy the restrictions and continue to offer indoor service. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Pritzker issues most serious threat yet to bars and restaurants that defy orders," 23 Oct. 2020 Airlines themselves say their air filtering systems cleans more than 99% of particles from air and cycles in new air every two to three minutes. Kyle Arnold, NOLA.com, "Southwest Airlines, the largest carrier in New Orleans, is bringing back middle seats," 23 Oct. 2020 That building would be demolished, with its lot used for the new apartment development. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One of Shorewood's tallest buildings could be converted into the village's first hotel," 23 Oct. 2020 With Indiana grad transfer Peyton Ramsey in charge and a new coordinator calling plays, the Wildcats should be able to make dramatic improvements on offense after finishing last season fifth-worst in scoring. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten bold predictions: Michigan football, MSU will be surpassed by Indiana," 23 Oct. 2020 Trump Says Election Could End Up in Supreme Court Under federal law, a president-elect’s transition team is granted broad access to the federal government in the roughly 2½ months until a new president takes over. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "Biden Team Prepares for Potentially Bumpy Transition," 22 Oct. 2020 Under normal circumstances, a new President would temper that power, worried about spending it in ways that might alienate the electorate. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden and the Possibility of a Remarkable Presidency," 22 Oct. 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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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“New.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/new. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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