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See also: New, new-, and ñew

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English newe, from Old English nīwe, nēowe (new), from Proto-Germanic *niwjaz (new, fresh), from Proto-Indo-European *néwos (new).

Compare also Old English (now). More at now.

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Adjective[edit]

new (comparative newer, superlative newest)

  1. Recently made, or created.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18: 
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
    This is a new scratch on my car!   The band just released a new album.
  2. Additional; recently discovered.
    We turned up some new evidence from the old files.
  3. 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.
  4. Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
    New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.
  5. In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
    Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?
  6. 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.
  7. Young.
    My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.
  8. 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?
  9. Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68: 
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
    The idea was new to me.   I need to meet new people.
  10. Recently arrived or appeared.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
    Have you met the new guy in town?   He is the new kid at school.
  11. 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.
  12. (of a period of time) Next; about to begin or recently begun.
    We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.

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Adverb[edit]

new (comparative more new, superlative most new)

  1. Newly (especially in composition).
    new-born,new-formed,new-found, new-mown
  2. As new; from scratch.
    They are scraping the site clean to build new.

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Noun[edit]

new (uncountable)

  1. Things that are new.
    Out with the old, in with the new.
  2. (Australia) A kind of light beer.

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Verb[edit]

new (third-person singular simple present news, present participle newing, simple past and past participle newed)

  1. (obsolete) To make new; to renew.

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Adjective[edit]

new

  1. (uncommon) Obsolete spelling of neu.
    • 1581, Ein new Kochbuch / Das ist Ein grundtliche beschreibung [] (printed in Frankfurt am Main)