American English

Definition of news noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1new information about something that has happened recently What's the latest news? Have you heard the news? Pat's leaving! That's great news. Tell me all your news. Any news on the deal? Messengers brought news that the battle had been lost. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? a piece of news (informal) It's news to me (= I haven't heard it before).
  2. 2reports of recent events that appear in newspapers or on television or radio national/international news a news story/item/report/article News of a serious traffic accident is just coming in. breaking news (= news that is arriving about events that have just happened) She is always in the news. The wedding was front-page news. see also hard news
  3. 3the news a regular television or radio broadcast of the latest news to listen to/watch the news Can you put the news on? I saw it on the news. Cities covered the event for the evening news. see also shipping news
  4. 4a person, thing, or event that is considered to be interesting enough to be reported as news Pop stars are always news. see also newsy
  5. Idioms
    be bad news (for somebody/something)
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    to be likely to cause problems Central heating is bad news for indoor plants.
    be good news (for somebody/something)
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    to be likely to be helpful or give an advantage The cut in interest rates is good news for homeowners.
    break the news (to somebody)
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    to be the first to tell someone some bad news
    no news is good news (saying)
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    if there were bad news we would hear it, so since we have heard nothing, it is likely that nothing bad has happened
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: news