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English definition of “new”


adjective [after verb] (NOT FAMILIAR)    /njuː/ US  /nuː/
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.Inexperienced (of people)Naive and trusting newness     /ˈnjuː.nəs/ US  /ˈnuː-/ noun [U] NewModern and fashionable
(Definition of new adjective (NOT FAMILIAR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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