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lately

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adverb late·ly \ˈlāt-lē\

Simple Definition of lately

  • : in the recent period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lately

  1. :  of late :  recently <has been friendlier lately>

Examples of lately in a sentence

  1. He has been feeling better lately.

  2. Lately, she has been worrying about her son.



15th Century

First Known Use of lately

15th century

Rhymes with lately


LATELY Defined for Kids

lately

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adverb late·ly \ˈlāt-lē\

Definition of lately for Students

  1. :  not long ago :  recently





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