Definition of new year in English:

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new year


1The calendar year just begun or about to begin: Happy New Year!
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  • The old year ended and the new year began with the American economy in good shape.
  • We can begin again: a new year is upon us with fresh resolutions to spoil.
  • Thus, once the new year has begun, I'm afraid that conflicts regarding the power plant issue will continue to erupt.
1.1The first few days or weeks of a year: the band is playing at Wembley in the new year
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  • Motorists still face price increases in the new year.
  • Garvey said a new date for the match would be fixed in the new year, though it was unlikely that it would be played before February and could even be delayed until after May.
  • A self-contained nursery run as part of the Thorpe Edge Community Project, which manages the centre, will open in the new year.
1.2The period immediately before and after 31 December: the facilities are closed over Christmas and New Year
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  • He's going to stay there throughout the week and into the new year, spending the new year there with his family.
  • Does crime increase over Christmas and New Year?



New Year's

North American informal New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day: I spent New Year’s alone
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  • If you're planning on heading out of the city this New Year's, party it up at this West Island staple.
  • I had heard a little about this man and felt he was all right, but waited until after New Year's to write back.
  • So using New Year's as a theme for this article, it's time to take a look back ten years ago.

see the new year in

Stay up until after midnight on 31 December to celebrate the start of a new year.
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  • In the morning she said: ‘I had to see the new year in on my own.’
  • In true Parisian style we saw the new year in in an Irish Bar in the Bastille.
  • I reckon I am one of very few people who can say that they saw the new year in whilst cowering in a bus shelter.

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