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new

adjective

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1 taking the place of one that came before
  • after my bike was stolen, my scooter became my new mode of transportation

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2 not known or experienced before
  • Spanish was a new course of study for her
  • advances in optical technology allow us to observe new planets

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3 recently made and never used before
  • that unique scent that comes with a new car

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4 made or become fresh in spirits or vigor
  • a little rest made him a new man after the exhausting basketball game

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new

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of new (Entry 2 of 2)

not long ago
  • new-mown grass

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Frequently Asked Questions About new

How does the adjective new differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of new are fresh, novel, and original. While all these words mean "having recently come into existence or use," new may apply to what is freshly made and unused, what has not been known before, or what has not been experienced before.

new brick

new designs

starts the new job

When would fresh be a good substitute for new?

While the synonyms fresh and new are close in meaning, fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness.

a fresh start

When might novel be a better fit than new?

The words novel and new are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented.

a novel approach to the problem

When is it sensible to use original instead of new?

In some situations, the words original and new are roughly equivalent. However, original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist.

a man without one original idea

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The first known use of new was before the 12th century

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“New.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/new. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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