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

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

    ‘starting a new life’
    ‘the new South Africa’
    • ‘You inspire others to make new beginnings, which have been put on hold for some time.’
    • ‘For United, though, this was all about new beginnings rather than better finishing.’
    • ‘It is full of nostalgia for a Scotland past and gone but full of hope for the new, modern Scotland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jesus came to give you a fresh new start, but this time with God in your life.’
    • ‘The first mission was described as the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight.’
    • ‘Lynn saw a new beginning for me following a reshaping of my life with things in my work and home becoming resettled.’
    • ‘This was the beginning of a new era with the christening of the third ship to bear the name Perth.’
    • ‘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 new beginning is to add colour to the carnival as well as the college cultural season.’
    • ‘So is it now time to sit back and watch the arrival of a new phase in the industry?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is happening in Iraq and in Palestine is just the beginning of what America calls the new era.’
    • ‘Right from the start there was a community spirit, young families starting out on a new beginning.’
    • ‘This week the U.S. and the world have begun to slowly adjust to life in this new era.’
    1. 3.1 (of a person) reinvigorated or restored.
      ‘a bottle of pills would make him a new man’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hello New and Improved Jason, who is filled with a renewed wonder for the world.’
      reinvigorated, restored, revived, improved, refreshed, regenerated, reborn, renewed, remodelled
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    2. 3.2 Superseding another or others of the same kind, and advanced in method or theory.
      ‘the new architecture’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Very new Modern art has become a little too cool and popular for its own good, he admits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The new architecture also has a significant impact on the power consumption and performance.’
      • ‘Britain played a major role in helping to bring about the new modern world.’
      the latest, modern, novel, the newest, ultra-modern, up to the minute, state-of-the-art, advanced, contemporary, fashionable, new-fashioned, gimmicky
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    3. 3.3 Reviving another or others of the same kind.
      ‘the New Bohemians’
      • ‘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.’
      another, duplicate, reproduction, twin, double, replicate, matching
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adverb

  • usually in combination Newly; recently.

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

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’
      • ‘That's a new one on us, a new one that we hope goes straight out of fashion.’
      • ‘Dealing with complaints when I'm not even clocked in is a new one even for me!’
  • what's new?

    • 1(said on greeting someone) what's going on? how are you?

      • ‘Once the local gossip was out of the way, she took to her usual habit of saying, ‘So what's new?’’
      • ‘The Mothership also landed on Tuesday to eat our pasta and to sit on the couch asking, ‘So, what's new?’’
    • 2That is the usual situation.

      ‘she and I squabbled—so what's new?’
      ‘suffering is a ubiquitous human condition. So what else is new?’
      • ‘To which an archenemy of capitalism might ask: yeah, so what's new?’
      • ‘Today I shall be whingeing about everything (so what's new)?’
      • ‘They are almost invariably polarised at one extreme or another - but then, 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.’
      • ‘Of course I despair at the paucity of the budget, but what's new?’
      • ‘And pity Amir isn't around to support his claims but what's new?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘We're doing well, although we need more money, but what's new?’
      • ‘The Brits, of course, seem gung-ho for such a relationship - but then, 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(j)u//n(y)o͞o/