Definition of new in English:

new

adjective

  • 1Not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.

    ‘new crop varieties’
    ‘this tendency is not new’
    ‘a fascinating mix of the old and the new’
    • ‘So how do we transfer genetic traits into crop varieties and how do crop breeders develop new varieties?’
    • ‘They make it possible to introduce millions of new numbers over the coming years.’
    • ‘When the new currency was launched we were told it would be so strong it would rival the dollar as a world currency.’
    • ‘We were not so hidebound by tradition, so we had to discover new ways to express ourselves.’
    • ‘Under new rules introduced to Super League this year it is not ruled a knock on if the player is not targeting the ball.’
    • ‘In the meantime, a number of new measures have been introduced to increase police visibility.’
    • ‘The company is also introducing new innovations to members to retain their loyalty.’
    • ‘Search engines are an excellent way of checking on the arrival of a new words in the language.’
    • ‘Each year seed companies and plant breeders introduce dozens of new varieties and hybrids.’
    • ‘Finding the key to making this foam would be like discovering a new planet.’
    • ‘You introduce your new album with a skit where a rock musician tries to alter your music.’
    • ‘That is stating the obvious; it does not introduce a new term into the contract.’
    • ‘For both business and economy travellers we will be introducing a range of new features.’
    • ‘Hope lies in discovering a new test to screen for the disease.’
    • ‘Decades later he discovered a new species of theropod and named it Gojirasaurus.’
    • ‘Airlines have introduced new services at Manchester to cope with a passenger boom.’
    • ‘The building society discovered its new sideline when it decided to upgrade its system two years ago.’
    • ‘We must be vigilant to ensure that weeds do not become noxious as a result of any new crop variety.’
    • ‘It isn't the studios who will discover how the new medium is going to work.’
    • ‘Nor is the First Minister seeking to introduce new laws on the expression of extreme views.’
    novel, fresh, original, unhackneyed, imaginative, creative, experimental, new-fashioned, contemporary, modernist, up to date
    recently developed, newly discovered, brand new, up to the minute, up to date, latest, current, state-of-the-art, contemporary, present-day, advanced, recent, modern
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    1. 1.1Not previously used or owned.
      ‘a secondhand bus cost a fraction of a new one’
      • ‘Made from delicately embroidered cotton, the gown looks almost new on the happy baby.’
      • ‘She has opted for used books because there is not that much difference to new ones.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Of recent origin or arrival.
      ‘a new baby’
      • ‘Just imagine what inept superpowers Ben and Jennifer's new baby girl must have.’
      • ‘Get other family members to help write the family tree, complete with your new addition.’
      • ‘A thousand questions are washed away in a trickle of tears and soon they have a new baby boy.’
      • ‘It is not yet known when Victoria will leave and give the world its first glimpse of her new baby boy.’
      • ‘Felix loves his new baby brother and just wants to cuddle him and coo over him, as we do.’
      • ‘Quite recently, yesterday in fact, we had a new addition to our family of four.’
      • ‘So I've put it away for now and started knitting a shawl for the new baby due in July.’
      • ‘My father ended up with my brother, sister Fifi and the impending new addition.’
      • ‘Go with God and good luck to you and your spouse and the soon to be new addition to your family.’
      • ‘For his part, Sebastien Balleux said he has a lot of catching up to do with a new baby coming soon.’
      • ‘Then the next day when her dad was taking her new baby brother home, they got in a car accident.’
      • ‘This day, however, she chose to draw a picture of her new baby brother.’
    3. 1.3(of vegetables) dug or harvested early in the season.
      ‘new potatoes’
      • ‘The chicken was tender and nicely cooked and the creamy mash made a welcome change from new potatoes or chips.’
      • ‘Cadmar ladled up the fish he had boiled with new onions and cress, and so we ate.’
      • ‘This was accompanied by a dish of new potatoes, green beans, carrots and celeriac strips.’
      • ‘Wipe the new potatoes, cut them in half lengthways then drop them into a mixing bowl.’
      • ‘All main courses are served with a choice of chips, jacket or new potatoes and fresh vegetables or salad.’
      • ‘My worst time of year was when we had loads of bitter, little new potatoes with the skin left on.’
      • ‘With the grilled Sea Bass, an order of chips, with the steamed, boiled new potatoes.’
      • ‘This was in fact me taking some salad stuff from Marks's round to his and boiling up some new potatoes.’
      • ‘So much more interesting to eat with fish than over-priced new potatoes from who knows where.’
      • ‘There was just sufficient new potatoes and salad to make this a very satisfying dish.’
      • ‘The flavour is fresh, rather like that of new potatoes, and the texture delicate.’
      • ‘Serve with buttered, boiled new potatoes, using the remainder of the mint as a garnish for the lamb.’
      • ‘It came with a side dish packed with new potatoes, green beans and cauliflower cheese.’
      • ‘Serve immediately with lots of fresh bread to mop up the spicy juices, or with new potatoes.’
      • ‘Scrape it onto your plate and use it to smother a dish of new potatoes - mountain food at its best.’
  • 2Already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.

    ‘her new bike’
    • ‘We're not talking about a couple of new sofas and some fresh carpet in the corridor.’
    • ‘To experience new emotions, good and bad, we have to climb the mountains, and swim the ocean.’
    • ‘So I got out my Windows CDs and just decided to do a fresh install on the new drive and forget I had the old one.’
    • ‘The shopping centre in the middle of the Hammersmith roundabout has acquired a new statue.’
    • ‘I stumbled across this book as I had read the last of my paper books and am waiting for the arrival of two new ones.’
    • ‘I waited at home this morning for the arrival of a new bed for our spare room.’
    • ‘If he acquires something new for his home, he always gives away a similar object.’
    • ‘In fact, to eat durions, is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East to experience.’
    • ‘It was therefore with mixed feelings that we have acquired a new cat - a kitten really.’
    1. 2.1[predicative]Unfamiliar or strange to (someone)
      ‘a way of living that was new to me’
      • ‘Student insobriety and its management are not new to college authorities.’
      • ‘Everything is new to me again right now, and I have to concentrate on having a good season with Aberdeen.’
      • ‘Everything was fresh and new to Cherry, and there were choices everywhere she turned.’
      • ‘The ways of the industry may not be new to him, but the experience certainly is.’
      • ‘Learning a new language is acquainting oneself with a culture that is new to you.’
      • ‘Because, as well as the build-up being all new and a cup final being new to most of the players, so too was a cup final defeat.’
      • ‘Tim's blog is new to me and is probably new to you, but the man knows how to fisk.’
      • ‘If the name is new to you, this would be a great introduction to a major talent.’
      • ‘All were new to us, especially the eggs, which came out brown and wrinkled, but all had nice if crazy tastes.’
      • ‘Thankfully, the bulk of the words aren't new to me, although I'm far from fluent.’
      • ‘The attention was new to him, and he found out the hard way how things can back-fire.’
      • ‘He noticed that I had taken to this amazing drink, totally new to me, schnapps.’
      • ‘I've already got two daughters who have been independent for several years so it's not as if all this is new to me.’
      • ‘Fielding the complaints of disgruntled fans is nothing new to Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez.’
      • ‘People don't know what to do when they see me riding my bike, it's strange and new to them.’
      • ‘After the election, the new people in charge were new to the project and the project was new to them.’
      • ‘I have to admit, much of what he talks about it completely new to me, but that's half the fun.’
      • ‘That's maybe something that's new to some of the lads that have been here.’
      • ‘All the anecdotes were new to us, the creaking chair-bound jokes fresh as this morning's lox.’
      • ‘If you have trouble downloading it please let me know, since this is new to me.’
    2. 2.2[predicative](of a person) inexperienced at or unaccustomed to doing (something)
      ‘I'm quite new to gardening’
      • ‘They didn't know I was new at this, how could they tell?’
      • ‘They were new at this and would surely get it together eventually.’
      • ‘Neither team nor driver is new to this sport, and both have had to overcome reputations as brash newcomers.’
      • ‘Patten noted that victory relied on nationally-ranked athletes but also those new to the sport.’
      • ‘Devils in contrast ran on with 15, many of them either new to the game or fresh into town.’
      • ‘He had never had a friend, period, so he was quite new at the business.’
      • ‘‘The last time we were on strike we were new at the game and were badly led,’ said John Young, station officer in Maryhill.’
      • ‘Those new to the sport may well be unaware of the scoring, so here is a brief summary of the simple system.’
      • ‘The error - by an accountant new to the job - went unnoticed for more than three months.’
      • ‘I'm probably too new at legal academia to have a very good answer to this question, but I thought I would give it a try.’
      • ‘Check out local adult education courses for photography courses if you're completely new to it.’
      • ‘P.S. I'm new at this so I apologize if my manners are a little rough.’
      • ‘There will, as usual, be a few at Celtic Park who are new to the experience.’
      • ‘She was lecturing him about how things worked here since he's still quite new at this.’
      • ‘He was quite new at being a father, but found it came surprisingly easily.’
      • ‘Over half the elected councillors are new to the county council and can lead a fresh start.’
      • ‘So I'm quite new at it, I'm still naïve and eager, which is why I'm in the publicity role.’
      • ‘If you are new to researching your family history you will receive invaluable advice about where and how to start.’
      • ‘It was a notable win for the girls who are very much new to the football scene.’
      • ‘But clearly we are both brand new to it so we are looking at it with a fresh pair of eyes.’
    3. 2.3Different from a recent previous one.
      ‘I have a new assistant’
      ‘this would be her new home’
      • ‘The problem is political change, because every new government has different ideas.’
      • ‘Both will be delivered in the days immediately following our arrival at the new house.’
      • ‘He said his union, the largest at Bingley Grammar, would allow the boy a fresh start at his new school.’
      • ‘So what I am trying to do is to slowly shift myself to new, different territory.’
      • ‘It was never going to be a quiet arrival when the new boss of Nestlé Rowntree took up his post.’
      • ‘The branch has many cats, aged from two months to ten years, who would love a fresh start in a new home for the New Year.’
      • ‘Only later, in different times and new hands, does it transcend its bad faith.’
      • ‘He saw his new flat as a fresh start but if it came to that, he would accept the decision of the court.’
      • ‘On all previous form, the new appointee will not be any of those canvassed in the press.’
      • ‘Children would also be allowed to take toys away with them when they make a fresh start in a new home.’
      • ‘The company now plans to relaunch itself with a new image and a different name.’
      • ‘The only difference was her new haircut, shorn sides and a spiked up fin, now dyed black.’
      • ‘She returned to a new home in a different district where she believed the risks would be lower.’
      • ‘If it is down to the players, why has their improvement coincided with arrival of a new coach?’
      • ‘He will be grateful for the arrival of the new manager in the next few days though.’
      • ‘This should be closely monitored to see if the new lights make any difference.’
      • ‘Kevin Watson's arrival as the new principal provides the opportunity of a fresh start.’
      • ‘As he is a purchase of the previous management team the new manager has no emotional ties to him.’
      • ‘The fundamental thing that nobody tells you is just how different this new job is from your old one.’
      • ‘That is until a new shop assistant starts, with more on her mind than angora.’
    4. 2.4In addition to another or others already existing.
      ‘recruiting new pilots overseas’
      • ‘What value do you place on making a contact that turns into new business for your company?’
      • ‘They took pay cuts and worked Sundays for over two years just to keep clients happy and bring new business in.’
      • ‘We had four customers at first but Dad hired a canvasser who went out and got new business.’
      • ‘For him, new team-mates equate to fresh judges who need to be convinced of his worth.’
      • ‘We need to modernise the Post Office - to give it new business so local offices stay open.’
      • ‘Hush have also had some line-up changes with the addition of new drummer Shaun Phear.’
      • ‘The new year has brought some dramatic changes at the loch with the addition of three new fisheries.’
      • ‘Order books improved, but firms struggled to win new business in overseas markets.’
      • ‘The special new-year offer is open to both new and renewing subscribers until tomorrow.’
      • ‘Life after cricket will involve working in corporate PR and new business at Surrey.’
      • ‘This was clearly not how the chairlady expected things to run with a new addition to their numbers.’
      • ‘Division two saw the usual suspects duelling it out with the addition of some new faces.’
      • ‘Maggie was fast asleep on her bean bag, she is suffering at the moment with the arrival of some new teeth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Grant said the town was already being proactive in attracting new business.’
    5. 2.5(in place names) discovered or founded later than and named after.
      ‘New York’
      • ‘On the other hand, I thought Seinfeld was too New York-centric, so what do I know?’
      • ‘The youngsters are members of the New Bury Residents' Association Boomwhackers Group.’
      • ‘Another eye catcher, who was to go on in the same vein, was New York-trained Grannum.’
      • ‘A New York-based movie producer has told Byrne he's thinking about making a film version.’
      • ‘She has contacted Bolton and Bury councils, asking that she is moved to another house outside New Bury.’
      • ‘So now we have a Japanese company, run by a New York-based Briton who speaks no Japanese.’
      • ‘It is not connected with the well-known New York-based agency Wilhelmina Models.’
      • ‘Yet the hotel rooms aren't as enticing as the subway in New York.’
      • ‘Another thing people in New Germany are proud of is New Germany Rural High School.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘David Radler was often there; it was owned by his father, a New York-born restaurateur.’
      • ‘The group hope one day to get the chance to run through New York.’
      • ‘Matt is in Florida and Gavin is in New Hampshire.’
  • 3Just beginning or beginning anew and regarded as better than what went before.

    ‘starting a new life’
    ‘the new South Africa’
    • ‘What is happening in Iraq and in Palestine is just the beginning of what America calls the new era.’
    • ‘The first mission was described as the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight.’
    • ‘This new beginning is to add colour to the carnival as well as the college cultural season.’
    • ‘Liberated to occupy the whole of the main gallery area, it is transformed by its new monumentality.’
    • ‘They are likely to be released next year and will be given new lives and fresh identities.’
    • ‘You inspire others to make new beginnings, which have been put on hold for some time.’
    • ‘It is full of nostalgia for a Scotland past and gone but full of hope for the new, modern Scotland.’
    • ‘But now he hopes to open the doors to a whole new era for the team, which went bust in 1997.’
    • ‘The new logo has been created to coincide with the move and to mark new beginnings.’
    • ‘The trip marks the beginning of a new life for Mrs Cawley, of Leaventhorpe Lane.’
    • ‘This week the U.S. and the world have begun to slowly adjust to life in this new era.’
    • ‘So is it now time to sit back and watch the arrival of a new phase in the industry?’
    • ‘For United, though, this was all about new beginnings rather than better finishing.’
    • ‘This was the beginning of a new era with the christening of the third ship to bear the name Perth.’
    • ‘Indeed, this week, we might well be standing on the threshold of a new era of violence.’
    • ‘This marks the beginning of a new kind of diplomacy in which the best of heaven is being invoked.’
    • ‘Lynn saw a new beginning for me following a reshaping of my life with things in my work and home becoming resettled.’
    • ‘Right from the start there was a community spirit, young families starting out on a new beginning.’
    • ‘The President may not have laid out how he wants to reach this new era of liberty, but he made it clear he knows where he wants to go.’
    • ‘Jesus came to give you a fresh new start, but this time with God in your life.’
    1. 3.1(of a person) reinvigorated or restored.
      ‘a bottle of pills would make him a new man’
      • ‘The man took seriously his being a new person and concluded that old relationships had passed away.’
      • ‘On the day Shesh packed his bags and kissed his mom goodbye, he felt like a whole new person.’
      • ‘Hello New and Improved Jason, who is filled with a renewed wonder for the world.’
      • ‘At the end of the ten weeks I was a new person, corny as it may sound I felt re-born.’
    2. 3.2Superseding another or others of the same kind, and advanced in method or theory.
      ‘the new architecture’
      • ‘His actions make no sense especially in the week when a new range of highly advanced robots is unleashed.’
      • ‘In Chester, that leads to a hard line to all of the duff new architecture which is being thrown up.’
      • ‘Very new Modern art has become a little too cool and popular for its own good, he admits.’
      • ‘Britain played a major role in helping to bring about the new modern world.’
      • ‘The new architecture also has a significant impact on the power consumption and performance.’
      • ‘The attempts to build new and adventurous architecture in the islands is a positive one.’
      • ‘I look forward to your cooperation in this new and progressive advance of medical science.’
    3. 3.3Reviving another or others of the same kind.
      ‘the New Bohemians’
      • ‘The new conservatives saw that the rhetoric of self-sacrifice had become meaningless to the generation born after the revolution.’
      • ‘Meet Europe's new bohemians, a generation who've grown up with the idea of Europe as a united concept.’

adverb

  • [usually in combination] Newly; recently.

    ‘new-mown hay’
    ‘new-fallen snow’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • 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’
      • ‘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?

      • ‘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?’’
    • 2That is the usual situation.

      ‘she and I squabbled—so what's new?’
      ‘men like to see women's legs. So what else is new?’
      • ‘The Brits, of course, seem gung-ho for such a relationship - but then, what's new?’
      • ‘They are almost invariably polarised at one extreme or another - but then, what's new!’
      • ‘And pity Amir isn't around to support his claims but 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.’
      • ‘Oh, well, people always criticize presidents and their speeches, so what's new?’
      • ‘My initial reaction to MIND's campaign is to think, well what's new?’
      • ‘Of course I despair at the paucity of the budget, but what's new?’
      • ‘We're doing well, although we need more money, but what's new?’
      • ‘Today I shall be whingeing about everything (so what's new)?’
      • ‘To which an archenemy of capitalism might ask: yeah, so what's new?’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

new

/n(y)o͞o/