Meaning of “news” in the English Dictionary

"news" in British English

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newsnoun [ U ]

uk /njuːz/ us /nuːz/

A2 information or reports about recent events:

That's the best (piece of) news I've heard for a long time!
We've had no news of them since they left for Australia.
Have you heard the news about Tina and Tom? They're getting divorced.
I can't wait to hear all your news.
[ + that ] The news that Dan had resigned took everyone by surprise.
We've got some good news for you. We're getting married.
the news

B1 a television or radio programme consisting of reports about recent events:

Was there anything interesting on the news tonight?
I saw it on the 6 o'clock news.
UK I usually watch the early evening/late night news.
break the news

to tell someone about something bad that has just happened and may have an effect on them:

I was devastated when the doctor broke the news to me.
I remember where I was when the news of Kennedy's assassination broke (= became known).
be good/bad news

C1 to be someone or something that will affect a person or situation well/badly:

He's bad news for the company. He should never have been given the job.
be in the news

to be reported about:

They've been in the news a lot recently because of their marital problems.

More examples

  • I watched the colour drain from her face as she heard the news.
  • He was crushed by the news of the accident.
  • They crowded round the spokesperson, eager for any news.
  • Highlights of the match will be shown after the news.
  • The news of his resignation came as a surprise to one and all.

(Definition of “news” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"news" in American English

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newsnoun [ U ]

us /nuz/

news noun [ U ] (INFORMATION)

recent information about people you know:

Why don’t you call them and see if there’s any news?
I’ve got some bad news for you.
We just heard the good news – congratulations on your engagement!

news noun [ U ] (REPORTS)

a printed or broadcast report of information about important events in the world, the country, or the local area:

the nightly news
I’m pretty disgusted with TV news coverage.
Where were you when the news of the assassination broke?

Idiom(s)

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

"news" in Business English

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newsnoun [ U ]

uk /njuːz/ us /nuːz/ COMMUNICATIONS

information or reports about recent events:

news of sth News of the merger was announced last week.
news about sth Continuing bad news about the U.S. economy means fewer sales for European manufacturers.
news that News that sales were down 22% affected the share price.
bad/good news This is good news for millions of borrowers and mortgage holders.

also the news a television or radio programme consisting of reports about recent events:

Was there anything interesting on the news this evening?

(Definition of “news” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)