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adjective new pronunciation in American English /nu/
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  1. 1
    recently created, built, invented, or planned
    They are going to build a new office building here.
    We went to the new Tom Cruise movie last week.
    a revolutionary new wheelchair that operates by voice commands
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    1. a.
      recently developed, or starting to develop
      I was enthusiastic and full of new ideas.
      a new initiative to tackle unemployment
      The class has little new to offer.
    2. b.
      recently made and never used by anyone before
      Is this camera new?
      brand/spanking new (=used for emphasizing that something is completely new): How can she afford to buy a brand new Ferrari?
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    3. c.
      recently bought or supplied to someone
      Have you seen my new car? I bought it yesterday.
      She’s hoping to move into her new house next week.
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    4. d.
      recently obtained
      Matthew’s got a new girlfriend.
      She starts her new job next week.
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  2. 2
    replacing something that you no longer have or something that is no longer useful
    I need some new shoes.
    I should get a new passport – my old one’s expired.
    a new approach to the problem
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    1. a.
      replacing a previous type of thing
      new breed: She is one of a new breed of politicians.
      new generation: the exciting new generation of handheld computers
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  3. 3
    recently arrived in a place or situation that you have not been in before
    New entrants complete written tests in their first week.
    Many companies help new employees with finding accommodations.
    new to: We are new to the Boston area.
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  4. 4
    if you learn a new subject or skill, you learn one that you did not know previously
    I showed her a new technique for catching the frogs.
    Why not study a new language?
    1. a.
      new information or facts are things that you did not know previously
      The police have now been given some new information.
    2. b.
      if someone discovers something new, they find something that no one else knows about
      Scientists have discovered a new drug for the treatment of depression.
      new to: Many of these plants are entirely new to the area.
  5. 5
    a new day, year, life, etc. is the start of a particular period of time, especially one that you hope will be happier or more successful
    This could be the beginning of a new era in transatlantic politics.
    whole new (=used for emphasis): The proposal could mean a whole new way of life for residents.

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