New Words Added to the Dictionary in 2021

What is the new meaning of "bubble" added to the dictionary in 2021?

Meaning: a usually small group of people (such as family members, friends, coworkers, or classmates) who regularly interact closely with one another but with few or no others in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection during an outbreak of a contagious disease
Example: "After the second round of testing, students will be expected to remain in designated cohorts or social bubbles, limiting contact with others." — Danielle Echeverria

What is the new meaning of "flex" added to the dictionary in 2021?

Meaning: an act of bragging or showing off
Example: "While tons of influencers love to flex on Instagram via designer bags and other luxury splurges, others are all about that perfect high-low balance..." — Bella Gerard

What is the meaning of "crowdfunding"?

Meaning: the practice of obtaining needed funding (as for a new business) by soliciting contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community
Example: "Thanks to the crowdfunding and people who were on site, many Hoosiers had roles as extras in the movie." — Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star