Definition of new in English:


Syllabification: new
Pronunciation: /n(y)o͞o


  • 1Not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time: new crop varieties this tendency is not new (as noun the new) a fascinating mix of the old and the new
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    • You introduce your new album with a skit where a rock musician tries to alter your music.
    • Each year seed companies and plant breeders introduce dozens of new varieties and hybrids.
    • We must be vigilant to ensure that weeds do not become noxious as a result of any new crop variety.
    recently developed, up to date, latest, current, state-of-the-art, contemporary, advanced, recent, modern, cutting-edge, leading-edgenovel, original, fresh, imaginative, creative, experimental; contemporary, modernist, up to date; newfangled, ultramodern, avant-garde, futuristic
    informal way out, far out
  • 1.1Not previously used or owned: a secondhand bus cost a fraction of a new one
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    • Made from delicately embroidered cotton, the gown looks almost new on the happy baby.
    • The poor old thing was purchased new, and now has a rather worn binding and some book tape holding it together.
    • I shall embark on a long project to acquire new or used copies of them all, regardless.
  • 1.2Of recent origin or arrival: a new baby
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    • Just imagine what inept superpowers Ben and Jennifer's new baby girl must have.
    • For his part, Sebastien Balleux said he has a lot of catching up to do with a new baby coming soon.
    • This day, however, she chose to draw a picture of her new baby brother.
  • 1.3(Of food or drink) freshly or recently produced.
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    • In February the Wine Circle will be mashing and brewing new wines and judging more mature samples.
    • That was because new wine often tastes peculiar when opened immediately after bottling.
  • 1.4(Of vegetables) dug or harvested early in the season: new potatoes
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    • All main courses are served with a choice of chips, jacket or new potatoes and fresh vegetables or salad.
    • The chicken was tender and nicely cooked and the creamy mash made a welcome change from new potatoes or chips.
    • This was in fact me taking some salad stuff from Marks's round to his and boiling up some new potatoes.
  • 2Already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time: her new bike
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    • To experience new emotions, good and bad, we have to climb the mountains, and swim the ocean.
    • The shopping centre in the middle of the Hammersmith roundabout has acquired a new statue.
    • It was therefore with mixed feelings that we have acquired a new cat - a kitten really.
  • 2.1 [predic.] (new to) Unfamiliar or strange to (someone): a way of living that was new to me
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    • People don't know what to do when they see me riding my bike, it's strange and new to them.
    • Everything was fresh and new to Cherry, and there were choices everywhere she turned.
    • All the anecdotes were new to us, the creaking chair-bound jokes fresh as this morning's lox.
  • 2.2 [predic.] (new to/at) (Of a person) inexperienced at or unaccustomed to doing (something): I’m quite new to gardening
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    • He had never had a friend, period, so he was quite new at the business.
    • He was quite new at being a father, but found it came surprisingly easily.
    • So I'm quite new at it, I'm still naïve and eager, which is why I'm in the publicity role.
  • 2.3Different from a recent previous one: I have a new assistant this would be her new home
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    • Only later, in different times and new hands, does it transcend its bad faith.
    • So what I am trying to do is to slowly shift myself to new, different territory.
    • The problem is political change, because every new government has different ideas.
    different, another, alternative; unfamiliar, unknown, strange; unaccustomed, untried
  • 2.4In addition to another or others already existing: recruiting new pilots overseas
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    • Order books improved, but firms struggled to win new business in overseas markets.
    • Small businesses will simply have an additional new tax regime to those they already have to face.
    • In addition, two other new JPs who live in the borough were sworn in to serve in neighbouring courts.
    additional, extra, supplementary, further, another, fresh
  • 2.5(In place names) discovered or founded later than and named after: New York
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    • The group hope one day to get the chance to run through New York.
    • York's Ladies went back to the top of the North Eastern Indoor Bowls League at the expense of New Earswick.
    • The others are the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire, and New Lanark in South Lanarkshire.
  • 3Just beginning or beginning anew and regarded as better than what went before: starting a new life the new South Africa
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    • This was the beginning of a new era with the christening of the third ship to bear the name Perth.
    • The first mission was described as the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight.
    • What is happening in Iraq and in Palestine is just the beginning of what America calls the new era.
  • 3.1(Of a person) reinvigorated or restored: a bottle of pills would make him a new man
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    • At the end of the ten weeks I was a new person, corny as it may sound I felt re-born.
    • On the day Shesh packed his bags and kissed his mom goodbye, he felt like a whole new person.
    • The man took seriously his being a new person and concluded that old relationships had passed away.
    reinvigorated, restored, revived, improved, refreshed, regenerated, reborn
  • 3.2Superseding another or others of the same kind, and advanced in method or theory: the new architecture
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    • His actions make no sense especially in the week when a new range of highly advanced robots is unleashed.
    • I look forward to your cooperation in this new and progressive advance of medical science.
    • The attempts to build new and adventurous architecture in the islands is a positive one.
  • 3.3Reviving another or others of the same kind: the New Bohemians
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    • Meet Europe's new bohemians, a generation who've grown up with the idea of Europe as a united concept.
    • The new conservatives saw that the rhetoric of self-sacrifice had become meaningless to the generation born after the revolution.


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  • Newly; recently: new-mown hay new-fallen snow
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    • This wine resounds with the aromas and flavors of herbs, gooseberries, fresh lime, green apple, and new-mown hay.
    • This has given us a new-found freedom of investment and allowed us to look into some new asset classes.
    • For a man previously prepared to travel so far, this showed a new found laziness.


a new one

informal An account, idea, or joke not previously encountered by someone: I’ve heard of lazy, but somebody being too lazy to talk—that’s a new one on me
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  • Dealing with complaints when I'm not even clocked in is a new one even for me!
  • That's a new one on us, a new one that we hope goes straight out of fashion.

what's new?

  • 1(Said on greeting someone) what’s going on? how are you?.
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    • The Mothership also landed on Tuesday to eat our pasta and to sit on the couch asking, ‘So, what's new?’
    • Once the local gossip was out of the way, she took to her usual habit of saying, ‘So what's new?’
  • 2 (also what else is new?) That is the usual situation: she and I squabbled—so what’s new? men like to see women’s legs. So what else is new?
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    • Of course I despair at the paucity of the budget, but what's new?
    • Today I shall be whingeing about everything (so what's new)?
    • I have been very remiss in my posting (so what's new about that, Denise?) and am here to profess my sorrow and renewed commitment.



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  • They did two new songs (well, newish as they've done them before on a Radio Scotland session) and they're excellent - I recommend the unbelievably good What Women Do To Men.
  • While they may seem like newish arrivals, they are now in their 40s and began working together in 1986 after studying at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
  • It was the second big audience of the week for a newish (third series) program after the $1.92 million pulled on Tuesday night with Dancing with the Stars.


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  • That connection was a revelation for me, and I really enjoyed the novelty and newness of it.
  • There is a tendency to confuse mere newness with innovation and creativity.
  • But newness by itself is invention - it only becomes innovation when it yields market value.


Old English nīwe, nēowe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch nieuw and German neu, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit nava, Latin novus, and Greek neos 'new'.

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