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

Definition of lately

: of late : recently has been friendlier lately

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lately


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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Katie has really been on a roll, lately, in terms of fashion. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Channels the Eco Fashion Trend with a Hand-Painted Tote Bag," 8 Apr. 2019 Life has been bitter sweet lately mostly depressing- but THIS CRUSHES ME. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 But lately interactions have become more challenging, Rodriguez said. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Pet show helping Naperville couple find home for rescued tortoise," 14 June 2018 Main Street typically gets all the glory as Middletown’s economic hub, but a new trend has emerged lately that puts a development emphasis on some of the city’s outlying areas. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Mixed-Use Project On South Main Part Of Larger Middletown Development Trend," 2 June 2018 Even so, Musk does seem more distracted than usual lately, as Tesla’s stock fluctuates wildly on a downward sloping trajectory. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Why Can’t Investors Just Let Elon Musk Have Fun?," 18 May 2018 Miley Cyrus has been very into sharing on Instagram lately. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Miley Cyrus' New Haircut Looks Just Like Hannah Montana," 29 Mar. 2019 The Duchess has been getting quite outdoorsy lately. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Casual-Chic Look to Visit with U.K. Scouts," 28 Mar. 2019 President Trump has been mocking wind power as an unreliable source of energy lately. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lately

: in the recent period of time


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

Kids Definition of lately

: not long ago : recently

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