\ 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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Synonyms: Adverb

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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 New York and Florida are the only other states to record more than 10,000 new cases in a single day. Fox News, "Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new coronavirus cases in single day," 8 July 2020 A month ago, the state was averaging about 1,500 new coronavirus cases a day. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020 The map takes into account seven factors, including new cases per capita, the proportion of cases not in congregate settings and a sustained increase in outpatient visits. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Cities turn to masks, Gov. Mike DeWine to give update on state's response," 8 July 2020 The highest rates in Ohio are for Hamilton County (140.4 new cases per 100,000 residents), Coshocton (139.3), Franklin (109.3), Columbiana (99.1) and Cuyahoga (98.5). Rich Exner, cleveland, "Most of Ohio’s new coronavirus cases are in just 3 counties - Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton," 7 July 2020 West Virginia hit an all-time peak of 130 new cases in one day on Sunday, putting its total at 3,356 cases. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "States mandate masks, begin to shut down again as coronavirus cases soar and hospitalizations rise," 7 July 2020 Mask-wearing thrill-seekers streamed into Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey this holiday weekend when the park reopened for the first time in months as the state has continued to tamp down new coronavirus cases. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Six Flags Great Adventure Reopened in New Jersey — Here’s What It Looked Like," 7 July 2020 The United States may have increased the number of coronavirus tests conducted daily, but numerous cities are continuing to face major issues keeping up with demand as new cases accelerate across the country. TheWeek, "Increased demand leads to 'a new testing crisis' in some cities," 7 July 2020 The state's rolling average for new cases is now at 6,965 cases. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for July 7," 7 July 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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10 Jul 2020

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“New.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/new. Accessed 13 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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