Meaning of “new” in the English Dictionary

"new" in British English

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uk /njuː/ us /nuː/

new adjective (RECENTLY CREATED)

A1 recently created or having started to exist recently:

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 fashion world?
We have to invest in new technology if we are to remain competitive.
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  • I'm going to check out that new club.
  • The company cited a 12% decline in new orders as evidence that overall demand for its products was falling.
  • Her new book has received fulsome praise from the critics.
  • The new development will generate 1500 new jobs.
  • Have you heard their new record? It's really funky.

new adjective (DIFFERENT)

A1 [ before noun ] different from one that existed earlier:

Have you met the new secretary?
She's looking for a new job.
Have you seen Ann's new house (= where she has just started living)?
They've just launched a new generation of computers that are much more powerful than earlier models.

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  • The citizens of Moscow woke up this morning to find they had a new government.
  • Buying our new house has completely cleaned us out.
  • I have to spend three months of the year away from home - but there are compensations like the chance to meet new people.
  • Under the union constitution, a new committee must be elected each year.
  • Barker introduced some radically new ideas.

new adjective (NOT FAMILIAR)

B1 [ after verb ] 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.

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  • The good thing about children is that they adapt very easily to new environments.
  • He was new to the village and was treated with suspicion by the locals.
  • The extra power of the car was still new to her.
  • As he was new to the job, he became the butt of several practical jokes.
  • The animals were unsettled by their new surroundings.

new adjective (NOT USED)

not previously used or owned:

Used car sales have risen because of the increased cost of new cars.
Did you buy your bike new or second-hand?
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  • Demand for new cars has fallen due to the recession.
  • Although it has hardly been used, I got it for half of what you would pay for a new one.
  • I couldn't afford to buy a new car, so I went for a second-hand one.
  • Although the car had two previous owners, It looked as good as new.
  • The showroom was full of gleaming new cars.


A1 recently discovered or made known:

A retrial can only take place when new evidence has emerged.

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  • There are doubts about the effectiveness of the new drug in treating the disease.
  • The new pill will be used alongside existing medicines.
  • We shall need to evaluate how the new material stands up to wear and tear.
  • Evaluation of this new treatment cannot take place until all the data has been collected.
  • The exploration for new sources of energy is vital for the future of our planet.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈnjuː.nəs/ us /ˈnuː.nəs/

Kids lose their enthusiasm for things when the sense of newness wears off.

newnoun [ U ]

uk /njuː/ us /nuː/


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/

new adjective [ -er/-est only ] (RECENTLY CREATED)

recently created or having started to exist recently:

His newest book will be out next month.
She’s always coming up with new ideas.

new adjective [ -er/-est only ] (DIFFERENT)

different from the one that existed earlier:

Have you met Carlos’s new assistant?
"What’s new (= What is different in your life)?" "Not much, what’s new with you?"

new adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT FAMILIAR)

not yet familiar or experienced:

Don’t ask me how to get there, I’m new around here.

new adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT USED)

not previously used or owned:

They sell new and used cars/books/clothing.

new adjective [ -er/-est only ] (RECENTLY DISCOVERED)

recently discovered or made known:

This new treatment offers hope to many sufferers.
Astronomers reported finding millions of new stars.

(Definition of “new” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)