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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Thanks to designers like Jonathan Anderson for Leowe, the deep-pocketed style has lately gotten some stylish tweaks, like bungee cord belts, metallic buckles, and exposed zippers. Vogue, "How to Look Chic in Shorts? Try These 6 Trends," 30 Apr. 2019 Meghan McCain and Joy Behar have been getting pretty heated on The View lately — and Saturday Night Live has noticed. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Speak Out After 'SNL' Skit," 15 Apr. 2019 But the film getting a ton of buzz lately is undoubtedly Disney’s The Lion King. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Disney's "The Lion King" Trailer Broke a Huge Record in One Day," 25 Nov. 2018 Selena Gomez has been keeping a pretty low profile lately, save for a recent Coachella appearance and some behind-the-scenes party-planning for friends. Glamour, "Why Selena Gomez Says She Doesn't Like Being Called Pretty," 24 Apr. 2019 Shares of insurers and drug companies have tumbled lately on fears that tighter regulations pushed by politicians on both sides of the aisle will crimp profits moving forward. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Stocks Edge Lower, Pulled Down by Health-Care Shares," 17 Apr. 2019 Stylez himself has been wearing wavy wigs a lot lately, too. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Hairstylist Tokyo Stylez Breaks Down How to Style a Wig at a Music Festival," 13 Apr. 2019 The company has been doing well lately, with its shares taking flight over the past decade. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "The Motley Fool: Defining shell companies," 13 Apr. 2019 Edward BerthelotGetty Images Katie Holmes apparently loves art, going to the Metropolitan Museum with boyfriend Jamie Foxx, supporting art causes, and even dialing up her fashion lately. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Channels the Eco Fashion Trend with a Hand-Painted Tote Bag," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of lately

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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