late·​ly | \ˈlāt-lē \

Definition of lately 

: of late : recently has been friendlier lately

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freshly, just, late, new, newly, now, only, recently



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Examples of lately in a Sentence

He has been feeling better lately. Lately, she has been worrying about her son.

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Norwegian Air has been making a lot of news lately. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air's New Flights Make It Easier (and Cheaper) to Get to Europe This Summer," 28 Nov. 2018 Favre, once a mid-single digit handicapper, obviously hasn’t played much golf lately. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Celebrity hit-and-giggle scramble with Brett Favre is all about the fun at AmFam Championship," 23 June 2018 Marty Pearl/Special to Courier Journal University of Louisville's Lynn Stadium has been dotted with purple and gold shirts instead of red lately as the venue plays host to Louisville City FC for the U.S. Open Cup. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 Spangenberg hits second Another hitter who was scuffling is not only getting more chance to play lately but on Thursday was in the No.2 spot in the order for the second straight game. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Hosmer's numbers; Ross quality not enough for first time," 15 June 2018 Hip-hop has, any traditionalists will tell you, been playing with willful incoherence in other ways lately, too. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Lives in Kanye West’s ‘Ghost Town’," 14 June 2018 Things have been a bit rocky in the Netflix/Marvel Defenders universe lately. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil," 12 Nov. 2018 Choose your primer The primer that all Mitchell uses for the base of his eyes is the P.Louis Base, another hot item that's burning up the beauty community lately. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Primer Hack That Makes Your Eye Shadow as Pigmented as It Looks in the Pan," 31 Oct. 2018 Intermittent fasting is a hot topic in nutrition lately, but the concept itself isn't new. Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lately

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lately

: in the recent period of time


late·​ly | \ˈlāt-lē \

Kids Definition of lately

: not long ago : recently

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