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This page has 23 definitions of new with English translations in 5 languages. New is an adjective, an adverb, noun, verb and numeral. Examples of how to use new in a sentence are shown. Also define these 42 related words and terms: recently, made, created, additional, discover, current, later, former, named after, original, condition, pristine, refresh, reinvigorate, reform, newborn, recent, strange, unfamiliar, know, arrive, appear, inexperienced, unaccustomed, next, begin, begun, newly, from scratch, beer, naval, cadet, embark, training, programming, new up, make, recreate, renew, neu, four, and nine.

See also: New, new-, and ñew



From Middle English newe, from Old English nīewe, from Proto-Germanic *niwjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *néwyos (new), from *néwos.

Compare also Old English (now). More at now. Doublet of nuevo and novuss.



new (comparative newer, superlative newest)

  1. Recently made, or created.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18:
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
    This is a new scratch on my car!   The band just released a new album.
    • Created definition
      simple past tense and past participle of create
  2. Additional; recently discovered.
    We turned up some new evidence from the old files.
    • Additional definition
      Supplemental or added to something.
  3. Current or later, as opposed to former.
    My new car is much better than my previous one, even though it is older.   We had been in our new house for five years by then.
  4. Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
    New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.
  5. In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
    Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?
    • Original definition
      relating to the origin or beginning; preceding all others (1 of 6 original definitions)
  6. Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
    That shirt is dirty. Go and put on a new one.   I feel like a new person after a good night's sleep.   After the accident, I saw the world with new eyes.
    • Reform definition
      The change of something that is defective, broken, inefficient or otherwise negative, in order to correct or improve it
  7. Newborn.
    My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.
  8. Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
    I can't see you for a while; the pain is still too new.   Did you see the new King Lear at the theatre?
  9. Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
    The idea was new to me.   I need to meet new people.
  10. Recently arrived or appeared.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
    Have you met the new guy in town?   He is the new kid at school.
    • Appear definition
      To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible. (1 of 6 appear definitions)
  11. Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
    Don't worry that you're new at this job; you'll get better with time.   I'm new at this business.
    • Unaccustomed definition
      Not used to an event or thing, not accustomed.
  12. (of a period of time) Next; about to begin or recently begun.
    We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.




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See new/translations § Adjective.


new (comparative more new, superlative most new)

  1. Newly (especially in composition).
    new-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown
    • Newly definition
      Very recently; in the immediate past.
  2. As new; from scratch.
    They are scraping the site clean to build new.

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new (usually uncountable, plural news)

  1. Things that are new.
    Out with the old, in with the new.
  2. (Australia) A kind of light beer.
  3. (Britain, naval slang) A naval cadet who has just embarked on training.
    • 1956, Naval Review (London) (volume 44, page 286)
      In the Britannia "news" were worms, to be trodden on []
    • Embark definition
      To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane. (1 of 4 embark definitions)


new (third-person singular simple present news, present participle newing, simple past and past participle newed)

  1. (programming) Synonym of new up
  2. (obsolete) To make new; to recreate; to renew.

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new (comparative newer, superlative am newesten or am newsten)

  1. Obsolete spelling of neu
    • 1552, Hans Gerle, Ein Newes sehr künstlichs Lautenbuch (printed in Nürnberg)
    • 1581, Ein new Kochbuch / Das ist Ein grundtliche beschreibung [] (printed in Frankfurt am Main)
    • 1629, Johann Deucer, Ein Newes, Schönes, sehr Nützliches Betbuch (printed in Leipzig)
    • 1653, Ein newes Lied: Welches bey der Römischen Königlichen Crönung Ferdinandi deß Vierten in Regenspürg den 18. Junij 1653 ist musiciert worden
    • 1706, Moritz Pfleyer, Gedeonische Wunder-Fakel auff ein newes entzündt in dem glorwürdigen heiligen Blut-Zeugen Christi Leontio




Borrowed from English new. Doublet of ニュー (nyū).



new(ニュー) (nyū

  1. new

See also



From Proto-Algonquian *nye·wi (four).



  1. four



From Proto-Iranian *Hnáwa, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *Hnáwa. Related to Persian نه(noh).



  1. nine