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new Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
    • a new law
    • new cars
    • a new comet
    • a new friend
    • a new year
    • the New World
  2. adjective satellite original and of a kind not seen before
    fresh; novel.
    • the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
  3. adjective satellite lacking training or experience
    • the new men were eager to fight
    • raw recruits
  4. adjective satellite having no previous example or precedent or parallel
    • a time of unexampled prosperity
  5. adjective satellite other than the former one(s); different
    • they now have a new leaders
    • my new car is four years old but has only 15,000 miles on it
    • ready to take a new direction
  6. adjective unaffected by use or exposure
    • it looks like new
  7. adjective satellite (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new
    • newfangled ideas
    • she buys all these new-fangled machines and never uses them
  8. adjective satellite in use after medieval times
    • New Eqyptian was the language of the 18th to 21st dynasties
  9. adjective satellite used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
    • Modern English
    • New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew
  10. adjective satellite (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
    • new potatoes
    • young corn
  11. adjective satellite unfamiliar
    • new experiences
    • experiences new to him
    • errors of someone new to the job
  12. adverb very recently
    fresh; newly; freshly.
    • they are newly married
    • newly raised objections
    • a newly arranged hairdo
    • grass new washed by the rain
    • a freshly cleaned floor
    • we are fresh out of tomatoes

New adjective
OE. OE. newe, AS. niwe, neowe; akin to D. nieuw, OS. niwi, OHG. niuwi, G. neu, Icel. nr, Dan. & Sw. ny, Goth. niujis, Lith. naujas, Russ. novuii, Ir. nua, nuadh, Gael. nuadh, W. newydd, Armor. nevez, L. novus, gr. , Skr. nava, and prob. to E. now. 263. See Now, and cf. Announce, Innovate, Neophyte, Novel.
comparative Newer ; superlative Newest
  1. Having existed, or having been made, but a short time; having originated or occured lately; having recently come into existence, or into one's possession; not early or long in being; of late origin; recent; fresh; modern; -- opposed to old, as, a new coat; a new house; a new book; a new fashion. "Your new wife." Chaucer.
  2. Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new planet; new scenes.
  3. Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from has been; as, a new year; a new course or direction.
  4. As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent; as, rest and travel made him a new man.
    Steadfasty purposing to lead a new life. Bk. of Com. Prayer.
    Men after long emaciating diets, fat, and almost new. Bacon.
  5. Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously kniwn or famous. Addison.
  6. Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.
    New to the plow, unpracticed in the trace. Pope.
  7. Fresh from anything; newly come.
    New from her sickness to that northern air. Dryden.
    Syn. -- Novel; recent; fresh; modern. See Novel.
New adverb
  1. Newly; recently. Chaucer. New is much used in composition, adverbially, in the sense of newly, recently, to quality other words, as in new-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown. Chaucer.
New transitive verb & intransitive verb
  1. To make new; to renew. Obs.

Webster 1913

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