The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent: a new law.
  • adj. Still fresh: a new coat of paint.
  • adj. Never used or worn before now: a new car; a new hat.
  • adj. Just found, discovered, or learned: new information.
  • adj. Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar: ideas new to her.
  • adj. Different from the former or the old: the new morality.
  • adj. Recently obtained or acquired: new political power; new money.
  • adj. Additional; further: new sources of energy.
  • adj. Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship: new neighbors; a new president.
  • adj. Changed for the better; rejuvenated: The nap has made a new person of me.
  • adj. Being the later or latest in a sequence: a new edition.
  • adj. Currently fashionable: a new dance.
  • adj. In the most recent form, period, or development.
  • adj. Inexperienced or unaccustomed: new at the job; new to the trials of parenthood.
  • ad. Freshly; recently. Often used in combination: new-mown.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Recently made, or created.
  • adj. Additional; recently discovered.
  • adj. Current or later, as opposed to former.
  • adj. Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
  • adj. In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
  • adj. Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
  • adj. Young.
  • adj. Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
  • adj. Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
  • adj. Recently arrived or appeared.
  • adj. Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
  • adj. next; about to begin or recently begun
  • ad. Newly.
  • ad. As new; from scratch.
  • n. Things that are new.
  • n. A kind of light beer.
  • v. To make new; to renew.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having existed, or having been made, but a short time; having originated or occured lately; having recently come into existence, or into one's possession; not early or long in being; of late origin; recent; fresh; modern; -- opposed to old
  • adj. Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered
  • adj. Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from what has been
  • adj. As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent.
  • adj. Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously known or famous.
  • adj. Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.
  • adj. Fresh from anything; newly come.
  • ad. Newly; recently.
  • v. To make new; to renew.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lately or freshly made, invented, produced, grown, or in any way or by any means come into being or use; novel; recent; having existed a short time only: opposed to old, and used of things: as, a new coat; a new book; a new fashion; a new idea; new wine; new cheese; new potatoes.
  • Lately introduced to knowledge; not before known; recently discovered: as, a new metal; a new species of animals or plants.
  • Appearing in a changed character or condition, or in a changed aspect of opinion, feeling, or health, resulting from the influence of a change in the dominant idea, principle, or habit; changed from the former state, physical, mental, moral, or spiritual, of the same person.
  • [In the following extract used substantively:
  • Not habituated; unfamiliar; unaccustomed: as, he is new to his surroundings; a statement new to me.
  • Other than the former or the old; different ; not the same as before: as, a new horse.
  • Freshly emerged from any condition or the effects of any event.
  • Not previously well known; not belonging to a well-known family, or not long known to history: as, new people.
  • Not used before, or recently brought into use; not second-hand: as, a new copy of a book; new furniture.
  • Recently begun; starting afresh: as, a new moon.
  • Retaining original freshness; unimpaired.
  • Not the old; distinguished from the old while named after it: used specifically in place-names: as, New York; New London; New Guinea.
  • Modern; in present use: as, New High German; New Latin; New Greek.
  • Synonyms New, Novel, Modern, Fresh, Recent, Late. In this connection new is opposed to old; novel to familiar; modern to ancient, medieval, antiquated, old-fashioned; fresh to stale; recent and late to early. New is the general word; that which is novel is unexpected, strange, striking, often in new form, but also pleasing: as, a novel combination of old ideas; that which is modern and fresh exists at the time referred tu; that which is recent or late is separated from the time of action by only a short interval: as, the late ministry, a recent arrival, recent times.
  • Newly; lately; recently.
  • Anew.
  • [New is much used adverbially in composition: as, in new- born, new -droppedj new -made, new -grown, new -formed, new -found.)]
  • To make new; renew.
  • To renew itself; become new.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
  • adj. (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
  • adj. unfamiliar
  • adj. unaffected by use or exposure
  • adj. lacking training or experience
  • adj. having no previous example or precedent or parallel
  • ad. very recently
  • adj. other than the former one(s); different
  • adj. not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
  • adj. in use after medieval times
  • adj. (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new
  • adj. original and of a kind not seen before

Word Usage

" No. 844/General Motors/U.S./Consumer durables In June 2009 “old” GM filed for bankruptcy and sold “substantially” all of its assets to a new independent company (the ”new” GM), which currently doesn’t trade. "


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