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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White House staffers and members of Donald Trump’s Administration have been a hard time eating lately. Melissa Locker, Time, "Stephen Colbert Came Up WIth a Plan to Help Trump Employees Eat In Peace," 26 June 2018 But those days, lately, are few and far between – there’s a lot of travel going on. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became a journalist for the younger generation: 'Stay Tuned' host Savannah Sellers," 10 July 2018 Marcela Onyango and Lauren Clark host this comedy show, the topic of which is one seen all over the news lately: racial profiling. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Lawmakers have gotten an earful about election security lately. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress," 12 July 2018 Several environmental organizations have made straw bans a priority lately — raising awareness, nudging celebrities to come out in favor of them, lobbying cities and states to enact them. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 Qatar’s human rights record towards migrant workers has been far less in the news lately, but the nation does not get a free pass. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Qatar is the World Cup every fan should attend," 13 July 2018 Still, there’s been a lot of high points for the couple lately. Janine Rubenstein,, "Gabrielle Union Says She Loves Dwyane Wade 'Even More' After Seeing Him Mourn Grandmother," 12 July 2018 From live weddings and public breakups & divorces to newborn babies, upcoming shows and books, and so on, there really hasn’t been a dull moment lately. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Who Should Play Your Favorite HGTV Stars In A Movie?," 10 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of lately

: not long ago : recently

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one that holds something together

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