news - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    information about something that has happened recently

    I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news.

    I wrote to John telling him all the latest news.

    news of/about:

    Friends expressed shock at the news of his death.

    news for:

    Good news for home owners!

    news on the health/trade etc front:

    There’s brighter news on the romantic front for my sisters.

    news on:

    The leaflet is full of up-to-date news on the environment.

    hear the news:

    Have you heard the good news? Michael’s got the job!

    break the news (=tell someone about something bad):

    I’m not looking forward to breaking the news to Dad.

    piece/bit of news:

    She was delighted by this piece of news.

    news comes/arrives/reaches someone:

    That day the news came of the invasion of Normandy.

  2. 2
    information about recent events that is reported in newspapers or on television or radio
    item of news:

    The first item of news was the fire at the palace.

    news breaks (=becomes publicly known):

    Johnson has been in hiding since news of his affair broke yesterday.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] connected with news
      news coverage:

      the BBC’s excellent 24-hour news coverage

  3. 3

    the news

    a television or radio broadcast that gives you information about recent events, read by a newsreader with special reports by correspondents

    I always listen to the nine o’clock news.

    on the news:

    Did you see the Prime Minister on the news last night?

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