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Meaning of “new” in the English Dictionary

"new" in British English

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newadjective

uk   /njuː/  us   /nuː/
  • new adjective (RECENTLY CREATED)

A1 recentlycreated or having ​started to ​existrecently: a new ​car She's very ​creative and always coming up with new ​ideas. What have they ​decided to ​name the new ​baby? What's new in the ​fashionworld? We have to ​invest in new ​technology if we are to ​remaincompetitive.
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  • new adjective (DIFFERENT)

A1 [before noun] different from one that ​existedearlier: Have you ​met the new ​secretary? She's ​looking for a new ​job. Have you ​seen Ann's new ​house (= where she has just ​startedliving)? They've just ​launched a new ​generation of ​computers that are much more ​powerful than ​earliermodels.

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  • new adjective (NOT FAMILIAR)

B1 [after verb] not ​yetfamiliar or ​experienced: to be new to the ​area She's new to the ​job so you can't ​expect her to ​know everything ​yet.

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  • new adjective (NOT USED)

not ​previously used or ​owned: Used ​carsales have ​risen because of the ​increasedcost of new ​cars. Did you ​buyyourbike new or ​second-hand?
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  • new adjective (RECENTLY DISCOVERED)

A1 recentlydiscovered or made ​known: This new ​cancertreatmentoffershope to many ​sufferers. A ​retrial can only take ​place when new ​evidence has ​emerged.

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newness
noun [U] uk   /ˈnjuː.nəs/  us   /ˈnuː-/
Kids ​losetheirenthusiasm for things when the ​sense of newness ​wears off.

newnoun [U]

uk   /njuː/  us   /nuː/

new-prefix

uk   /njuː-/  us   /nuː-/
(Definition of new from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"new" in American English

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newadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /nu/
recentlycreated or having ​started to ​existrecently: His newest ​book will be out next ​month. She’s always coming up with new ​ideas.
different from the one that ​existedearlier: Have you ​met Carlos’s new ​assistant? "What’s new (= What is different in ​yourlife)?" "Not much, what’s new with you?"
not ​yetfamiliar or ​experienced: Don’t ​ask me how to get there, I’m new around here.
not ​previously used or ​owned: They ​sell new and used ​cars/​books/​clothing.
recentlydiscovered or made ​known: This new ​treatmentoffershope to many sufferers. Astronomers ​reportedfinding millions of new ​stars.
(Definition of new from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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