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 The utility, which offers rebates to help offset installation costs, has lately been promoting heat pumps to its customers. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, "Should You Replace Your Gas Furnace With a Heat Pump?," 13 May 2021 The northern border area is the source of debris and unwanted fill, and lately the agency had to find a balance between recreational uses and preserving environmental quality. Gregory Harutunian,, "Fox Waterway Agency officials eye flood mitigation in preparing for summer boating season," 13 May 2021 Ian Anderson, another rookie, has pitched well lately after a slow start and Bryse Wilson has shown promise as a spot starter when needed. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, "Atlanta Braves Hope To Survive New Setback For Star Pitcher Mike Soroka," 13 May 2021 Originally a gaming-centric chat app, Discord has lately developed a strong culture of finance-centric servers. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "GameStop FOMO Inspires a New Wave of Crypto Pump-and-Dumps," 13 May 2021 Rangers opponents have been all too happy to oblige them lately. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers need to change up approach on changeups as opposing pitchers are throwing more," 12 May 2021 Howard noted traffic enforcement had been stepped up lately. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland council discussion on crime interrupted by gunfire heard outside councilman’s ward office," 12 May 2021 But with the way their offense has been scuffling lately, the Milwaukee Brewers were more than happy to take it and run. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: Decisive eighth-inning rally begins with a strikeout, of all things," 12 May 2021 People have confronted this feeling a lot lately: the sheer scale of the pandemic has often been incomprehensible, from the early exponential growth to the latest death toll. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, "Listen Closely to the Cicadas. They’re Telling Us Something.," 11 May 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Lately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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