- news [ nuz ] noun uncount ***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 for: Good news for home owners!news of/about: Friends expressed shock at the news of his death.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. ) information about recent events that is reported in newspapers or on television or radio:foreign/sports/financial newsitem of news: The first item of news was the fire at the factory.front-page news: The war was no longer front-page news.news breaks (=becomes publicly known): Johnson has been in hiding since news of his affair broke yesterday.a ) only before noun connected with news:news item/broadcastnews coverage: NBC's excellent 24-hour news coverage3. ) 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 Camille Paglia on the news last night?bad news INFORMALsomeone or something that is likely to cause trouble:Stay away from that man; he's bad news.bad/terrible/horrible etc. news forlikely to make things worse for someone or something:The election result is terrible news for social welfare programs.great/good/wonderful etc. news forlikely to make things better for someone or something:Reducing the use of pesticides is good news for the environment.have news for someone SPOKENused for telling someone some news, especially bad news:You think she likes you? Well, I've got news for you. She doesn't!in the newsinteresting enough to be discussed in newspapers, on television, etc.:Farming methods are back in the news this week.no news is good news SPOKENused for expressing the hope that because no news has been received about someone, nothing bad has happened to themthat's/it's news to me SPOKENused for saying that you did not know about something, especially when you are annoyed about this:Sally says she's borrowing your car tomorrow. That's news to me!
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.