1. adjective [ADJ n] A fresh thing or amount replaces or is added to a previous thing or amount. ⇒ He asked Strathclyde police, which carried out the original investigation, to make fresh inquiries. ⇒ I need a new challenge and a fresh start somewhere else. 2. graded adjective & adjective
Something that is fresh has been done, made, or experienced recently. ⇒ There were no fresh car tracks or footprints in the snow. ⇒ A puppy stepped in the fresh cement. ⇒ With the memory of the bombing fresh in her mind, Eleanor became increasingly agitated.
3. graded adjective & adjective Fresh food has been picked or produced recently, and has not been preserved, for example by being frozen or put in a tin. ⇒ ...locally caught fresh fish. ⇒ ...fresh fruit. freshness
uncountable noun ⇒ With oysters, as with all seafood, freshness equals quality. 4. graded adjective & adjective If you describe something as fresh, you like it because it is new and exciting. ⇒ These designers are full of fresh ideas. ⇒ ...a fresh image.
freshness uncountable noun ⇒ There was a freshness and enthusiasm about the new students.
5. graded adjective & adjective If you describe something as fresh, you mean that it is pleasant, bright, and clean in appearance. ⇒ Gingham fabrics always look fresh and pretty.
freshness uncountable noun ⇒ ...the crisp freshness of laundered clothes.
6. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] If something smells, tastes, or feels fresh, it is clean or cool. ⇒ The air was fresh and for a moment she felt revived.
freshness uncountable noun ⇒ ...the freshness of early morning.
7. adjective Fresh water is water that is not salty, for example the water from rivers or lakes. ⇒ Fresh water and other commodities are in short supply. 8. graded adjective & adjective If you say that the weather is fresh, you mean that it is fairly cold and windy. ⇒ It was a fine, fresh summer morning. ⇒ Outside the breeze was fresh and from the north. 9. graded adjective
Fresh colours are clear, bright, and fairly light. ⇒ ...a semi-circular mosaic, its startling colours still fresh.
10. graded adjective If someone has a fresh face or complexion, their skin looks healthy. glowing ⇒ His fresh complexion made him look younger than he was. 11. graded adjective & adjective [usu v-link ADJ] If you feel fresh, you feel full of energy and enthusiasm. ⇒ It's vital we are as fresh as possible for those matches. ⇒ I nearly always wake up fresh and rested. 12. adjective Fresh paint is not yet dry. [US]regional note: in BRIT, use wet 13. adjective If you are fresh from a particular place or experience, you have just come from that place or you have just had that experience. You can also say that someone is fresh out of a place. [+ from] ⇒ I returned to the office, fresh from Heathrow. ⇒ Fresh from their semi-final win over Germany, Britain took a promising early lead. [+ out of] ⇒ From what I've heard he started wheeling and dealing fresh out of college.
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