late·​ly ˈlāt-lē How to pronounce lately (audio)
: of late : recently
has been friendlier lately

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 Disney executives have talked a lot lately about Avatar, Frozen and Wakanda themed lands — but those fantasy lands likely won’t appear at the Disneyland resort for at least a few years. Brady MacDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2024 The conversation on computers and automation has changed lately, and Apple, which was caught flat-footed last year with the proliferation of AI, just stepped right on the rake. Alex Cranz, The Verge, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lately 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lately was in the 15th century

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“Lately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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late·​ly ˈlāt-lē How to pronounce lately (audio)
: not long ago

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