New vs. Recent

New vs. Recent — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between New and Recent

Newadjective

Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent

a new law.

Recentadjective

Of, belonging to, or occurring at a time immediately before the present.

Newadjective

Still fresh

a new coat of paint.

Recentadjective

Modern; new.

Newadjective

Never used or worn before now

a new car.a new hat.

Recentadjective

Recent(Geology) Of, relating to, or being the Holocene Epoch. See Table at geologic time.

Newadjective

Just found, discovered, or learned

new information.

Recentadjective

Having happened a short while ago.

Newadjective

Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar

ideas new to her.

Recentadjective

Up-to-date; not old-fashioned or dated.

Newadjective

Different from the former or the old

the new morality.

Recentadjective

Having done something a short while ago that distinguishes them as what they are called.

The cause has several hundred recent donors.I met three recent graduates at the conference.

Newadjective

Recently obtained or acquired

new political power.new money.

Recentadjective

(sciences) Particularly in geology, palaeontology, and astronomy: having occurred a relatively short time ago, but still potentially thousands or even millions of years ago.

Newadjective

Additional; further

new sources of energy.

Recentadjective

Of the Holocene, particularly pre-21st century.

Newadjective

Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship

new neighbors.a new president.

Recentadjective

being new in a time not long past;

recent graduatesa recent addition to the houserecent buds on the apple trees

Newadjective

Changed for the better; rejuvenated

The nap has made a new person of me.

Recentadjective

of the immediate past or just previous to the present time;

a late developmenttheir late quarrelhis recent trip to Africain recent monthsa recent issue of the journal

Newadjective

Being the later or latest in a sequence

a new edition.

Recentadjective

near to or not long before the present;

recent timesof recent origin

Newadjective

Currently fashionable

a new dance.

Newadjective

New In the most recent form, period, or development.

Newadjective

Inexperienced or unaccustomed

new at the job.new to the trials of parenthood.

Newadjective

Of or relating to a new moon.

Newadverb

Freshly; recently. Often used in combination

new-mown.

Newadjective

Recently made, or created.

This is a new scratch on my car!The band just released a new album.

Newadjective

Additional; recently discovered.

We turned up some new evidence from the old files.

Newadjective

Current or later, as opposed to former.

My new car is much better than my previous one, even though it is older.We had been in our new house for five years by then.

Newadjective

Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.

New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.

Newadjective

In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.

Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?

Newadjective

Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.

That shirt is dirty. Go and put on a new one.I feel like a new person after a good night's sleep.After the accident, I saw the world with new eyes.

Newadjective

Newborn.

My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.

Newadjective

Of recent origin; having taken place recently.

I can't see you for a while; the pain is still too new.Did you see the new King Lear at the theatre?

Newadjective

Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.

The idea was new to me.I need to meet new people.

Newadjective

Recently arrived or appeared.

Have you met the new guy in town?He is the new kid at school.

Newadjective

Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.

Don't worry that you're new at this job; you'll get better with time.I'm new at this business.

Newadjective

(of a period of time) Next; about to begin or recently begun.

We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.

Newadverb

Newly (especially in composition).

new-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown

Newadverb

As new; from scratch.

They are scraping the site clean to build new.

Newnoun

Things that are new.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Newnoun

(Australia) A kind of light beer.

Newverb

(obsolete) To make new; to recreate; to renew.

Newadjective

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

a new lawnew carsa new cometa new frienda new yearthe New World

Newadjective

other than the former one(s); different;

they now have a new leadersmy new car is four years old but has only 15,000 miles on itready to take a new direction

Newadjective

having no previous example or precedent or parallel;

a time of unexampled prosperity

Newadjective

of a kind not seen before;

the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem

Newadjective

lacking training or experience;

the new men were eager to fightraw recruitshe was still wet behind the ears when he shipped as a hand on a merchant vessel

Newadjective

of a new (often outrageous) kind or fashion

Newadjective

(often followed by `to') unfamiliar;

new experiencesexperiences new to himerrors of someone new to the job

Newadjective

(of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity;

new potatoesyoung corn

Newadjective

unaffected by use or exposure;

it looks like new

Newadjective

in use after Medieval times;

New Eqyptian was the language of the 18th to 21st dynasties

Newadjective

used of a living language; being the current stage in its development;

Modern EnglishNew Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew

Newadverb

very recently;

they are newly marriednewly raised objectionsa newly arranged hairdograss new washed by the raina freshly cleaned floorwe are fresh out of tomatoes