lately

adverb
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 Not the insiders, the habitués of the press box; Kaline has indeed been a difficult subject for them, combining reticence and taciturnity with a seeming indifference and, lately, even rudeness. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "For Tigers legend Al Kaline, sweetness of batting title led to frustration. Here's why," 14 June 2020 Broken Porcelain looks like more of the same indie-horror, so my hopes aren’t that high, but there haven’t been that many horror games lately. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Future Games Show finishes off a big not-E3 day with more must-watch game reveals," 13 June 2020 The debate over face coverings has been underway lately in some parts of the state, with a growing amount of public pushback on mask regulations. BostonGlobe.com, "Daily case totals reach new highs in Texas and Florida," 12 June 2020 The stock market lately looked like those kids on the beaches: maskless, ignoring social distancing protocols and ready to party. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "The Party in the Stock Market Is on Hiatus," 12 June 2020 Taylor Swift has been flexing her activist muscles more and more lately, using her platform to address political issues and call for change. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Taylor Swift urges fans to vote for "people who will fight against police brutality and racism of any kind"," 11 June 2020 With everything going on in the world today, checking in on your retirement funds may not have been one of your top priorities lately. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Here's what you should be doing with your retirement accounts right now," 8 June 2020 Booker, a state representative running against Amy McGrath and Mike Broihier for the Democatic nomination, has been busy lately. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Jones backs Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate primary race he had considered entering," 8 June 2020 That bull thesis seems to be getting more traction lately, as the stock has skyrocketed over 120% year to date, and is up over 340% since last summer. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Tesla stock closes at an all-time high on bullish sales data out of China," 8 June 2020

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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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20 Jun 2020

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“Lately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lately. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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lately

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English Language Learners Definition of lately

: in the recent period of time

lately

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

Kids Definition of lately

: not long ago : recently

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