American English

Definition of new adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (newer, newest)
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    not existing before
  1. 1not 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. opposite old see also brand new
  2. 2the new noun [uncountable] something that is new It was a good mix of the old and the new.
  3. recently bought
  4. 3recently bought Let me show you my new dress.
  5. not used before
  6. 4not used or owned by anyone before A used car costs a fraction of a new one.
  7. different
  8. 5different 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? opposite old
  9. not familiar
  10. 6already 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 new to somebody Our system is probably new to you.
  11. recently arrived
  12. 7new (to something) not yet familiar with something 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?
  13. new-
  14. 8used in compounds to describe something that has recently happened He was enjoying his newfound freedom. the sweetness of new-mown hay
  15. modern
  16. 9(usually with the) modern; of the latest type the new morality They called themselves the New Romantics.
  17. just beginning
  18. 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.
  19. with fresh energy
  20. 11having fresh energy, courage, or health Since he changed jobs he's looked like a new man.
  21. recently produced
  22. 12only recently produced or developed The new buds are appearing on the trees now. new potatoes (= ones dug from the soil early in the season)
  23. Idioms
    (a) brave new world
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    a situation or society that changes in a way that is meant to improve people's lives but is often a source of extra problems the brave new world of technology
    break new ground
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    to make a new discovery or do something that has not been done before see also groundbreaking
    breathe (new) life into something
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    to improve something by introducing new ideas and making people more interested in it The results of their research have breathed new life into the debate.
    (as) good as new, like new
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    in very good condition, as it was when it was new I had your coat cleaned—it's as good as new now.
    … is the new … (informal)
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    used to say that something has become very fashionable and can be thought of as replacing something else Brown is the new black. Comedy is the new rock and roll. Fifty is the new forty.
    new/fresh blood
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    new members or employees, especially young ones, with new ideas or ways of doing things This company really needs to bring in some new blood.
    a/the new kid on the block (informal)
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    a person who is new to a place, an organization, etc. Despite his six years in politics, he was still regarded by many as the new kid on the block.
    a new one on me (informal)
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    used to say that you have not heard a particular idea, piece of information, joke, etc. before “Have you come across this before?” “No, it's a new one on me.”
    put a new/different complexion on something
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    to change the way that a situation appears
    shiny new (approving)
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    very new and attractive shiny new stuff/software
    (you can't) teach an old dog new tricks (saying)
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    (you cannot) successfully make people change their ideas, methods of work, etc., when they have had them for a long time
    turn over a new leaf
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    to change your way of life, to become a better, more responsible person
    what's new? (informal)
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    used as a friendly greeting Hi! What's new?
noun [uncountable] see also newly
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: new