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From Middle English newe, from Old English nīewe, from Proto-Germanic *niwjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *néwyos (“new”), from *néwos, from the hapax root *new-. Ultimately, suggested to be a vṛddhi derivation from *nu (“now”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /njuː/
- (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /n(j)u/
- (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /njʉː/
new (comparative newer, superlative newest)
- Recently made, or created.
- This is a new scratch on my car! The band just released a new album.
- Additional; recently discovered.
- We turned up some new evidence from the old files.
- Current or later, as opposed to former.
- My new car is much better than my previous one, even though it is older. We had been in our new house for five years by then.
- Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
- New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.
- In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
- Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?
- Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
- That shirt is dirty. Go and put on a new one. I feel like a new person after a good night’s sleep. After the accident, I saw the world with new eyes.
- My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.
- Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
- I can’t see you for a while; the pain is still too new. Did you see the new King Lear at the theatre?
- Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
- The idea was new to me. I need to meet new people.
- Recently arrived or appeared.
- Have you met the new guy in town? He is the new kid at school.
- Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
- Don’t worry that you’re new at this job; you’ll get better with time. I’m new at this business.
- (of a period of time) Next; about to begin or recently begun.
- We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.
new (comparative more new, superlative most new)
- Newly (especially in composition).
- new-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown
- As new; from scratch.
- They are scraping the site clean to build new.
new (usually uncountable, plural news)
- Things that are new.
- Out with the old, in with the new.
- (Australia) A kind of light beer.
- (Britain, naval slang) A naval cadet who has just embarked on training.
new (third-person singular simple present news, present participle newing, simple past and past participle newed)
- (programming) Synonym of
- (obsolete) To make new; to recreate; to renew.