new

If something's new, it has never been seen or discovered or invented before. Anything can be new: a country, an idea, a product. If you spend half an hour watching TV, you'll see an incredible selection of new items being advertised.

There are lots of shades of meaning attached to new. For example, by its very nature something that's new is unfamiliar, and the two words are often used interchangeably. New can also mean something different from what has gone before — as in a new political strategy — or, as advertising would have you believe, something fresh and original, like that new and improved version of your favorite laundry detergent you just bought.

Primary Meanings of new

1.
adjadv
not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
very recently
2.
adj
original and of a kind not seen before
3.
adj
lacking training or experience
4.
adj
other than the former one(s); different
Full Definitions of new
1

adj not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered

“a new law”
new cars”
“a new comet”
“a new friend”
“a new year”
“the New World”
Synonyms:
current
occurring in or belonging to the present time
fresh
recently made, produced, or harvested
modern
belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages
bran-new, brand-new, spic-and-span, spick-and-span
conspicuously new
fresh
(of a cycle) beginning or occurring again
hot, red-hot
newest or most recent
new-sprung, newborn
having just or recently arisen or come into existence
newfound
newly discovered
novel, refreshing
pleasantly new or different
parvenu, parvenue
of or characteristic of a parvenu
recent
new
radical, revolutionary
markedly new or introducing radical change
rising
newly come into prominence
sunrise
of an industry or technology; new and developing
untested, untried
not yet proved or subjected to testing
unused
not yet put into use
virgin
being used or worked for the first time
young
being in its early stage
Antonyms:
old
of long duration; not new
noncurrent
not current or belonging to the present time
stale
lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
nonmodern
not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time
age-old, antique
belonging to or lasting from times long ago
antediluvian, antiquated, archaic
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
antique
made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
auld
a Scottish word
hand-down, hand-me-down
passed on from one person to another
hoary, rusty
ancient
immemorial
long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history
long-ago
belonging to time long gone
longtime
of long duration
patched
mended usually clumsily by covering a hole with a patch
secondhand, used
previously used or owned by another
sunset
of a declining industry or technology
yellow, yellowed
changed to a yellowish color by age
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current
worn
affected by wear; damaged by long use
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adv very recently

“grass new washed by the rain”
Synonyms:
fresh, freshly, newly
2

adj original and of a kind not seen before

Synonyms:
fresh, novel
original
being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

adj having no previous example or precedent or parallel

Synonyms:
unexampled
unprecedented
having no precedent; novel

adj unfamiliar

new experiences”
“experiences new to him”
“errors of someone new to the job”
Synonyms:
unaccustomed
not habituated to; unfamiliar with

adj (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new

“she buys all these new-fangled machines and never uses them”
Synonyms:
newfangled
original
being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
3

adj lacking training or experience

“the new men were eager to fight”
Synonyms:
raw
inexperienced, inexperient
lacking practical experience or training

adj unaffected by use or exposure

“it looks like new
Synonyms:
unweathered
not worn by exposure to the weather
Antonyms:
worn
affected by wear; damaged by long use
old
of long duration; not new
aged
at an advanced stage of erosion (pronounced as one syllable)
attrited
worn by rubbing or friction
battered
damaged especially by hard usage
clapped out
worn from age or heavy use and no longer able to operate (of cars or machines or people)
creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone
worn and broken down by hard use
dog-eared, eared
worn or shabby from overuse or (of pages) from having corners turned down
eroded, scoured
worn away as by water or ice or wind
frayed
worn away or tattered along the edges
mangey, mangy
having many worn or threadbare spots in the nap
moth-eaten, mothy
worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths
played out
worn out
ragged
being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn
raddled, worn-out
used until no longer useful
moth-eaten, ratty, shabby, tatty
showing signs of wear and tear
scruffy, seedy
shabby and untidy
shopsoiled, shopworn
worn or faded from being on display in a store
tatterdemalion, tattered
worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
threadbare
having the nap worn away so that the threads show through
thumbed
(of pages) worn or soiled by thumb and fingers by frequent handling or turning
vermiculate, worm-eaten, wormy
infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms
waterworn
(of rocks especially) worn smooth by the action of water
weather-beaten, weathered, weatherworn
worn by exposure to the weather
well-worn
showing signs of much wear or use
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adj (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity

new potatoes”
Synonyms:
young
early
being or occurring at an early stage of development
4

adj other than the former one(s); different

“they now have a new leaders”
“my new car is four years old but has only 15,000 miles on it”
“ready to take a new direction”
Synonyms:
other
not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied

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