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

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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Madonna has presented herself as a fierce warrior against gun violence lately, and the result largely has been offensive to people who’ve survived gun violence. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Paradox of Madonna’s Gun-Control Music Video," 3 July 2019 Two vegan flavors are always on the list of 12 flavors, lately melon sorbet and cherry basil coconut. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield's new ice cream shop puts an entire sugar cream pie in ice cream," 2 July 2019 But man, the Padres third baseman has gone on a tear lately. Matt Martell,, "All-Star Game Snubs: 10 Players Who Should Be All-Stars but Aren't," 1 July 2019 Some Mac users have felt that Apple has treated iOS as the star of the show lately, thus relegating the Mac to an understudy role. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs," 1 July 2019 Craft beermakers go to extraordinary lengths to brew up the perfect pint—and lately, that attention to detail has shifted to what's on the outside as well. CBS News, "How craft breweries are embracing cover art," 29 June 2019 Still, other measures of consumer sentiment have weakened lately. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Sentiment Declined in June," 28 June 2019 Rihanna is the queen of everything, and we’ve been obsessed with her crown lately. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Exclusive: Rihanna Uses This $5 Shampoo To Make Her Red Hair Shine Bright Like A Diamond," 26 June 2019 Although the cold, hard floor of American Adventure is always tempting, lately I’ve been drawn to a little spot in Morocco, the first room on the left when entering the cul-de-sac. Dewayne Bevil,, "Orlando’s theme parks and their 7 hottest cool spots," 24 June 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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to complain fretfully

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