adjective re·cent \ˈrē-sənt\

: happening or beginning not long ago

Full Definition of RECENT

a :  having lately come into existence :  new, fresh
b :  of or relating to a time not long past
capitalized :  holocene
re·cent·ness noun

Examples of RECENT

  1. Recent events have brought attention to the problem.
  2. I usually watch that show every week, but I missed the most recent episode.
  3. Medical science has made amazing progress in recent decades.
  4. That was the biggest earthquake in recent history .

Origin of RECENT

Middle English, from Latin recent-, recens; perhaps akin to Greek kainos new
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with RECENT

RECENTNESS Defined for Kids


adjective re·cent \ˈrē-sənt\

Definition of RECENT for Kids

:  of or relating to a time not long past <recent history>
:  having lately appeared to come into being :  new, fresh <recent events>
re·cent·ly adverb


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