late·​ly | \ ˈlāt-lē How to pronounce lately (audio) \

Definition of lately

: of late : recently has been friendlier lately

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Examples of lately in a Sentence

He has been feeling better lately. Lately, she has been worrying about her son.
Recent Examples on the Web But lately, e-bikes have been zooming past him, despite that fact that they aren’t allowed on the Cherry Hills segments of the trail. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 His disposition is always set to sunny. Until lately. Peter Abraham,, 6 Aug. 2022 Perhaps mindful that non-leftist news consumers may no longer view its flagship product as a reasonable option, the New York Times Co. has lately made a number of investments in products that are more about fun, from puzzles to sports. James Freeman, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The parents to five kids have been enjoying plenty of alone time lately. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 The Western Basin yellow perch fishing, however, has surprisingly been giving up a lot of limits of 30 perch per day lately. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 The labor market…scratch that…the broader economic outlook lately is puzzling. Amber Burton, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 But Alibaba has faced bigger questions lately, particularly after its addition to a key US Securities and Exchange Commission watchlist last Friday. Michelle Toh, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Other cities have lately built or proposed similar facilities, but, at eighty-five acres, Atlanta’s would be much larger than nearly all of the others. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lately

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lately was in the 15th century

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8 Aug 2022

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“Lately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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late·​ly | \ ˈlāt-lē How to pronounce lately (audio) \

Kids Definition of lately

: not long ago : recently

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