new

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for new

Synonyms: Adjective

makeshift, substitute, substitutive

Synonyms: Adverb

freshly, just, late, lately, newly, now, only, recently

Antonyms: Adjective

original

Antonyms: Adverb

anciently

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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

His new plan goes further, calling for public four-year colleges and community colleges to be free for everyone, including tuition and fees. al.com, "Bernie Sanders: Eliminate all $1.6 trillion in student loan debt," 24 June 2019 His new plan goes further, calling for public four-year colleges and community colleges to be free for everyone, including tuition and fees. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, "Sanders proposes canceling entire $1.6 trillion in US student loan debt, escalating Democratic policy battle," 24 June 2019 His new plan goes further, calling for public four-year colleges and community colleges to be free for everyone, including tuition and fees. Jeff Stein, BostonGlobe.com, "Bernie Sanders to propose canceling entire $1.6 trillion in US student loan debt," 23 June 2019 On Monday, President Trump announced a new plan of mass arrests by ICE, and there are currently large detention centers of immigrants along the border, where multiple detainees have died. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 His new plan goes further, calling for public four-year colleges and community colleges to be free for everyone, including tuition and fees. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "Sanders to propose canceling entire $1.6 trillion in U.S. student loan debt, escalating Democratic policy battle," 23 June 2019 Build something new and out of this world every week to display at the library. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 23 June 2019 And, following close behind that conference, most countries are expected to have new plans to share by next year in accordance with a provision under the Paris Agreement that calls on them to enhance commitments on a regular basis. Justin Worland, Time, "More and More Countries Agree on This Climate Change Goal. But Will It Work?," 21 June 2019 While Oakland’s program is new to Alameda County, the approach is reminiscent of another ambitious approach to solving homelessness in a major city on the West Coast. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland opens Bay Area’s first 24/7 safe parking area for homeless RV dwellers," 21 June 2019

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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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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 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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