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new [adjective] (RECENTLY CREATED)
US /nuː/ 
UK /njuː/ 
Example: 

a new pair of shoes

Oxford Essential Dictionary

new

 adjective (newer, newest)

1 not existing before:
Have you seen his new film?
I bought a new pair of shoes yesterday.

2 different from before:
Our new flat is much bigger than our old one.
The teacher usually explains the new words to us.

3 doing something for the first time:
New parents are often tired.
He's new to the job and still needs help.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

new

new S1 W1 /njuː $ nuː/ BrE AmE adjective
[Word Family: adjective: ↑new, ↑renewable, ↑renewed, ↑newsy; noun: ↑news, ↑renewal; verb: ↑renew; adverb: ↑newly]
[Language: Old English; Origin: niwe]
1. RECENTLY MADE recently made, built, invented, written, designed etc OPP old:
the city’s new hospital
the new issue of ‘Time’ magazine
new products on the market
The hardest part of this job is understanding the new technology.
a new range of drugs
2. RECENTLY BOUGHT recently bought:
Do you like my new dress?
They’ve just moved into their new home.
3. NOT THERE BEFORE having just developed:
new leaves on the trees
a young man with new ideas
a new generation of women writers
new hope/confidence/optimism etc (=hope etc that you have only just started to feel)
a medical breakthrough that offers new hope to cancer patients
4. NOT USED BEFORE not used or owned by anyone before OPP used, second hand:
New and second-hand books for sale.
I got a used video camera for £300 – it would have cost £1,000 if I’d bought it new.
Jake arrived in his brand new (=completely new) car.
a spanking new (=completely new) conference centre
5. like new/as good as new in excellent condition:
Your watch just needs cleaning and it’ll be as good as new.
6. UNFAMILIAR not experienced before:
Learning a new language is always a challenge.
Living in the city was a new experience for Philip.
new to
This idea was new to him.
that’s a new one on me spoken (=used to say that you have never heard something before)
‘The office is going to be closed for six weeks this summer.’ ‘Really? That’s a new one on me.’
7. RECENTLY ARRIVED having recently arrived in a place, joined an organization, or started a new job:
You’re new here, aren’t you?
new to/at
Don’t worry if you make mistakes. You’re still new to the job.
new member/employee/student etc
training for new employees
new kid on the block informal (=the newest person in a job, school etc)
It’s not always easy being the new kid on the block.
the new boy/girl British English (=the newest person in a job, organization etc – used humorously)
8. RECENTLY CHANGED recently replaced or different from the previous one OPP old:
Have you met Keith’s new girlfriend?
I’ll let you have my new phone number.
the new regime in Beijing
9. RECENTLY DISCOVERED recently discovered:
the discovery of a new planet
new oilfields in Alaska
important new evidence that may prove her innocence
10. MODERN modern:
the new breed of politicians
11. VEGETABLES [only before noun] new potatoes, ↑carrots etc are grown early in the season and eaten when young
12. new life/day/era a period that is just beginning, especially one that seems to offer better opportunities:
They went to Australia to start a new life there.
13. be/feel like a new man/woman to feel much healthier and have a lot more energy than before, or to have a different attitude:
I lost 19 pounds and felt like a new man.
14. new arrival
a) someone who has recently arrived or started work somewhere
b) a new baby:
The children are thrilled with the new arrival.
15. new blood new members of a group or organization who will bring new ideas and be full of energy:
What we need in this company is some new blood.
16. new broom someone who has just started work in a high position in an organization and who is expected to make a lot of changes:
The company seems set to make a fresh start under a new broom.
17. what’s new? spoken especially American English used as a friendly greeting to mean ‘how are you?’
18. the new new ideas, styles etc:
This charming hotel is a delightful blend of the old and the new.
19. something ... is the new ... British English used to say that something is thought to be the new fashion that will replace an existing thing:
Don’t you know that vodka is the new water, my dear?
20. new-made/new-formed/new-laid etc recently made, formed etc
a new lease of life at ↑lease1(2), ⇨ turn over a new leaf at ↑leaf1(3)
—newness noun [uncountable]
• • •
THESAURUS
new: a new sports centre | a new edition of the book | an entirely new theory of time and space
brand new completely new: a brand new car | The house looks brand new.
recent made, produced etc a short time ago: recent research into brain chemistry
the latest [only before noun] the most recent: Have you seen his latest film? | the latest fashions from Paris
modern different from earlier things of the same kind because of using new methods, equipment, or designs: modern technology | modern farming methods | a modern kitchen
original new and completely different from what other people have done or thought of before, especially in a way that seems interesting: The play is highly original. | His style is completely original.
fresh fresh ideas, evidence, or ways of doing things are new and different, and are used instead of previous ones: We need a fresh approach to the problem. | They want young people with fresh ideas. | Police think they may have found some fresh evidence that links him to the murder.
novel new and different in a surprising and unusual way – used especially about a suggestion, experience, or way of doing something: The club have come up with a novel way of raising cash. | The King was passionately in love, which was a novel experience for him.
innovative completely new and showing a lot of imagination – used especially about a design or way of doing something: an attractive website with an innovative design | They came up with an innovative approach to the problem.
revolutionary completely new in a way that has a very big effect – used especially about an idea, method, or invention: a revolutionary treatment for breast cancer | His theories were considered to be revolutionary at the time.
new-fangled [only before noun] used about something that is new and modern but which you disapprove of: My grandfather hated all this newfangled technology.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

new

new [new newer newest]   [njuː]    [nuː]  adjective (newer, new·est)

NOT EXISTING BEFORE
1. not existing before; recently made, invented, introduced, etc
• Have you read her new novel?
• new ways of doing things
• This idea isn't new.
• The latest model has over 100 new features.

see also brand-new, Opp:  old

2. the new noun uncountable something that is new

• It was a good mix of the old and the new.  

 

RECENTLY BOUGHT

3. recently bought

• Let me show you my new dress.  

 

NOT USED BEFORE

4. not used or owned by anyone before

• A second-hand car costs a fraction of a new one.  

 

DIFFERENT

5. different from the previous one
• I like your new hairstyle.
• When do you start your new job?
• He's made a lot of new friends.
• Do you have her new phone number?

Opp:  old  

 

NOT FAMILIAR

6. already existing but not seen, experienced, etc. before; not familiar
• This is a new experience for me.
• I'd like to learn a new language.
• the discovery of a new star

~ to sb Our system is probably new to you.  

 

RECENTLY ARRIVED

7. ~ (to sth) not yet familiar with sth because you have only just started, arrived, etc
• I should tell you, I'm completely new to this kind of work.
• I am new to the town.
• a new arrival/recruit

• You're new here, aren't you?  

 

NEW-

8. used in compounds to describe sth that has recently happened

• He was enjoying his new-found freedom.  

 

MODERN

9. (usually with the) modern; of the latest type
• the new morality

• They called themselves the New Romantics.  

 

JUST BEGINNING

10. usually before noun just beginning or beginning again
• a new day
• It was a new era in the history of our country.

• She went to Australia to start a new life.  

 

WITH FRESH ENERGY

11. having fresh energy, courage or health

• Since he changed jobs he's looked like a new man.  

 

RECENTLY PRODUCED

12. only recently produced or developed
• The new buds are appearing on the trees now.
• new potatoes (= ones dug from the soil early in the season)
see also  newly 
more at new/fresh blood at  blood, brave new world at  brave  adj., breathe (new) life into sth at  breathe, put a new/different complexion on sth at  complexion, (you can't) teach an old dog new tricks at  teach
Idioms: break new ground  good as new  like new  new broom  new kid on the block  new one on me  turn over a new leaf  what's new?  … is the new …
Derived Word: newness  
Word 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’.  
Thesaurus:
new adj.
1.
• These ideas aren't new.
fresh • |often approving novel
Opp: old
a new/fresh/novel idea/approach/way
a new/novel concept/design/feature/form/method
completely/entirely/totally/relatively new/fresh/novel
2.
• Let me show you my new dress.
brand new • • untried
Opp: old
new/brand new/untried technology
a new/brand new product/computer/house
relatively new/untried
3.
• I was fairly new to teaching at that time.
unfamiliar with sth • • unused to sth • |formal unaccustomed to sth
new/unused/unaccustomed to sth 
Example Bank:
• It was all very new and strange to me.
• She's still quite new to the job and needs a lot of help.
• The car still looks new.
• There is nothing new in teenagers wanting to change the world.
• These ideas are not entirely new.
• a scratch on my brand new car
• genuinely new approaches to data recording
• very proud of their spanking new kitchen
• A second-hand car costs a lot less than a new one.
• Have you read her new book?
• He couldn't stand the new breed of career politicians.
• He was new to the job and had not known how to deal with the situation.
• I was fairly new to teaching at the time.
• It's too much to ask of someone who is so new to the profession.
• Jamila likes to try the new fashions coming in from Pakistan.
• New arrivals should have their passports ready for inspection.
• New students will be given a tour of the college facilities.
• The school secretary wants to introduce new ways of doing things in the office.
• This idea isn't new.
• We offer intensive training to all new recruits.

• You're new in this town, aren't you?

 

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

new / njuː /   / nuː / adjective (RECENTLY CREATED)

A1 recently created or having started to exist recently:

a new car

She's very creative and always coming up with new ideas.

What have they decided to call their new baby?

What's new in the fashion world?

We have to invest in new technology if we are to remain competitive.

→  See also brand new

 

newness / ˈnjuː.nəs /   / ˈnuː- / noun [ U ]
 

new / njuː /   / nuː / adjective [ before noun ] (DIFFERENT)

A1 different to one that existed earlier:

Have you met the new secretary?

She's looking for a new job.

Have you seen Ann's new house (= where she has just started living) ?

They've just launched a new generation of computers that are much more powerful than earlier models.

 

newness / ˈnjuː.nəs /   / ˈnuː- / noun [ U ]
 

new / njuː /   / nuː / adjective [ after verb ] (NOT FAMILIAR)

B1 not yet familiar or experienced:

to be new to the area

She's new to the job so you can't expect her to know everything yet.

 

newness / ˈnjuː.nəs /   / ˈnuː- / noun [ U ]
 

new / njuː /   / nuː / adjective (NOT USED)

not previously used or owned:

Used car sales have risen because of the increased cost of new cars.

Did you buy your bike new or second-hand?

→  See also brand new

 

newness / ˈnjuː.nəs /   / ˈnuː- / noun [ U ]
 

new / njuː /   / nuː / adjective (RECENTLY DISCOVERED)

A1 recently discovered or made known:

This new cancer treatment offers hope to many sufferers.

A retrial can only take place when new evidence has emerged.

newness / ˈnjuː.nəs /   / ˈnuː- / noun [ U ]

© Cambridge University Press 2013

 

Collins Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary

new

/nju:, AM nu:/
(newer, newest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.
Something that is new has been recently created, built, or invented or is in the process of being created, built, or invented.
They’ve just opened a new hotel in the Stoke area...
The new invention ensures the beer keeps a full, frothy head.
...the introduction of new drugs to suppress the immune system...
Their epic fight is the subject of a new film...
These ideas are nothing new in America.
ADJ
new‧ness
The board acknowledges problems which arise from the newness of the approach.
N-UNCOUNT

2.
Something that is new has not been used or owned by anyone.
That afternoon she went out and bought a new dress...
There are many boats, new and used, for sale...
They cost nine pounds new, three pounds secondhand.
ADJ

3.
You use new to describe something which has replaced another thing, for example because you no longer have the old one, or it no longer exists, or it is no longer useful.
Under the new rules, some factories will cut emissions by as much as 90 percent...
I had been in my new job only a few days...
I had to find somewhere new to live...
Rachel has a new boyfriend...
They told me I needed a new battery.
ADJ

4.
New is used to describe something that has only recently been discovered or noticed.
The new planet is about ten times the size of the earth.
ADJ: usu ADJ n

5.
A new day or year is the beginning of the next day or year.
The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on the many achievements of the past...
ADJ: ADJ n

6.
New is used to describe someone or something that has recently acquired a particular status or position.
...the usual exhaustion of a new mother...
The Association gives a free handbook to all new members.
ADJ: ADJ n

7.
If you are new to a situation or place, or if the situation or place is new to you, you have not previously seen it or had any experience of it.
She wasn’t new to the company...
His name was new to me then and it stayed in my mind...
I’m new here and all I did was follow orders.
ADJ: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ to n

8.
New potatoes, carrots, or peas are produced early in the season for such vegetables and are usually small with a sweet flavour.
ADJ: ADJ n

9.
as good as new: see good
to turn over a new leaf: see leaf
a new lease of life: see lease
pastures new: see pasture
see also brand-new

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

1new /ˈnuː, Brit ˈnjuː/ adj new·er; -est
1 a : not old : recently born, built, or created
• They visited the new library.
• She was looking for the new [=most recent] issue of the magazine.
• I saw their new baby for the first time.
• They planted new trees on the campus.
• a new kind of music
b : not used by anyone else previously
• She couldn't afford a new car, so she bought a used one.
• He bought the car new.
• shiny new shoes
• This watch is new.
- see also brand-new
2 a : recently bought, rented, etc.
• She is eager to see his new apartment/house/dog.
b : having recently become someone's relative, friend, employee, etc.
• This is my new stepsister.
• the young man and his new wife
• Come meet our newest [=most recently hired] employee.
• I made a new friend today.
c : recently added to an existing group, organization, etc.
• There was a new kid in school today.
• The union voted in 10 new members.
• The company created a new department to run its Web site.
- often + to
• She is new to this school.
• Don't worry about it. You are still new to the job.
3 : replacing someone or something that came before
• The team has a new coach.
• Have you met his new girlfriend?
• He starts his new job on Monday.
• I like your new haircut.
• The tree is growing new leaves.
• Waiter, could I please have a new fork? This one is dirty.
4 : recently discovered or learned about : not known or experienced before
• Scientists discovered a new comet.
• a new species of fish
• The promotion gave her a new sense of optimism.
• This drug gives new hope to patients.
• This is a new experience for me.
- often + to
• This kind of work is still new to me. [=I have been doing this kind of work for only a short time]
5
- used to describe a time, period, etc., that is beginning again and that is different from what came before
• A new day has begun.
• We are looking forward to the new year.
• A new semester starts in the fall.
• After college, he moved to the city to begin a new life. [=a time in a person's life that is different in some important way from what came before]
6 : healthier or more energetic
• I felt like a new man/woman after my vacation.
(as) good as new or like new : in very good condition : like something that has recently been made
• He painted the bicycle, and now it's as good as new.
• Once the jewelry has been cleaned, it'll be like new.
new arrival
- see arrival
new kid on the block
- see 1kid
pastures new
- see 1pasture
the new : new things
• The band played a good mix of the old and the new.
turn over a new leaf
- see 1leaf
what else is new?
- see 2else
what's new? US informal
- used as a friendly greeting
• Hey man, what's new?
- new·ness noun [noncount]
• The couple admired the shiny newness of their remodeled kitchen.

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