Definition for NEW

NEW, a. [Sax. neow; D. nieuw; G. neu; Sw. and Dan. ny; L. novus; It. nuovo; Sp. nuevo; Gr. νεος; Fr. neuf; Arm. nevez; Ir. nua, nuadh; W. newyz; Russ. novie; Hindoo, nava, nou; Sans. nawa; Pers. نَوْ nau.]

  1. Lately made, invented, produced or come into being; that has existed a short time only; recent in origin; novel; opposed to old, and used of things; as, a new coat; a new home; a new book; a new fashion; a new theory; the new chimistry; a new discovery.
  2. Lately introduced to our knowledge; not before known recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new species of animals or plants found in foreign countries; the new continent.
  3. Modern; not ancient.
  4. Recently produced by change; as, a new life. Put on the new man. Eph. iv.
  5. Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed. Heretics and such as instill their poison into new minds. Hooker. New to the plow, unpracticed in the trace. Pope.
  6. Renovated; repaired so as to recover the first state. Men, after long emaciating diets, wax plump, fat, and almost new. Bacon.
  7. Fresh after any event. New from her sickness to that northern air. Dryden.
  8. Not of ancient extraction or a family of ancient distinction. By superior capacity and extensive knowledge, a new man often mounts to favor. Addison.
  9. Not before used; strange; unknown. They shall speak with new tongues. Mark xvi.
  10. Recently commenced; as, the new year.
  11. Having passed the change or conjunction with the sun as, the new moon.
  12. Not cleared and cultivated, or lately cleared; as, new land. America.
  13. That has lately appeared for the first time; as, a new star. New is much used in composition to qualify other words, an always bears its true sense of late, recent, novel, fresh; as in new-born, new-made, new-grown, new-formed, new-found. In this use, new may be considered as adverbial, or as a part of the compound.

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