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fresh

adjective uk   /freʃ/ us  

fresh adjective (NEW)

B1 [before noun] new or different: The original orders were cancelled and I was given fresh instructions. Fresh evidence has emerged that casts doubts on the men's conviction. We need to take a fresh look at the problem. Your coffee is cold - let me make you a fresh cup. There has been fresh fighting between police and demonstrators. They decided to move abroad and make a fresh start. [before noun] approving new and therefore interesting or exciting: His book offers some fresh insights into the events leading up to the war. We have tried to come up with a fresh new approach.

fresh adjective (RECENT)

B2 recently made, done, arrived, etc., and especially not yet changed by time: There was a fresh fall of snow during the night. There's nothing better than fresh bread, straight from the oven. The house, with its fresh coat of paint, looked beautiful in the sunshine. She's fresh out of/from university and very bright. The events of last year are still fresh in people's minds (= people can remember them easily). be fresh out mainly US If you are fresh out of something, you have just finished or sold all of it, so that there is no more left.

fresh adjective (NATURAL)

A2 (of food or flowers) in a natural condition rather than artificially preserved by a process such as freezing: fresh fruit and vegetables fresh fish/meat fresh coffee

fresh adjective (AIR)

B1 (of air) clean and cool; found outside rather than in a room: I opened the window to let some fresh air in. fresh mountain air I'm just going out for a breath of fresh air. describes weather that is cool, sometimes with wind: It was a lovely, fresh spring morning. There's quite a fresh breeze today.

fresh adjective (CLEAN)

B1 clean and pleasant: I felt wonderfully clean and fresh after my shower. I use a mouthwash to keep my breath fresh. This wine has a light, fresh taste.

fresh adjective (NOT TIRED)

C1 [after verb] energetic, enthusiastic, and not tired: I'll deal with this problem in the morning when I'm fresh. Try and get some sleep on the plane, then you'll arrive feeling fresh.

fresh adjective (SKIN)

C2 (of a face) natural, healthy, and young looking: She has a lovely fresh (= clear and smooth) complexion.

fresh adjective (NOT SALTY)

C2 [before noun] (of water) not salty: Trout are fresh water fish (= live in water that is not salty). These plants are found in fresh water lakes and rivers (= those containing water that is not salty).

fresh adjective (TOO CONFIDENT)

informal being too confident and showing no respect, or showing by your actions or words that you want to have sex with someone: Don't you get fresh with me, young woman! He started getting fresh (= behaving in a sexual way) in the cinema, so she slapped his face.
freshness
noun [U] uk   /ˈfreʃ.nəs/ us  
(Definition of fresh adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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