re·​cent | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt \

Definition of recent 

1a : having lately come into existence : new, fresh
b : of or relating to a time not long past
2 capitalized : holocene

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Other Words from recent

recentness noun

Examples of recent in a Sentence

Recent events have brought attention to the problem. I usually watch that show every week, but I missed the most recent episode. Medical science has made amazing progress in recent decades. That was the biggest earthquake in recent history .
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Recent Examples on the Web

Despite recent speculation that the on-and-off duo is currently on a break, sources told Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight that the couple actually split. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Have Reportedly Broken Up Again," 3 Jan. 2019 There was no answer at the door during a recent visit to the 66th-floor apartment listed as its Singaporean address. Niharika Mandhana And Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "North Korea Built an Alternative Financial System Using a Shadowy Network of Traders," 28 Dec. 2018 My most recent visit to the city passed like a ray of late-autumn sunshine. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Our most recent research shows that most of our state transportation funding goes towards roads and highway—projects that increase driving and climate pollution. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Nike confirmed the news in its most recent earnings call during which its Executive Vice President said that the sneakers would launch in spring of the new year, and designed to be used on the basketball court. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Nike’s self-lacing sneakers will return in 2019 at a much more affordable price," 21 Dec. 2018 And for her most recent stop—at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York—she was interviewed on stage by Sarah Jessica Parker. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Michelle Obama's Balenciaga Tour Boots Are $4,000 of Glitter Goodness," 20 Dec. 2018 Those demographics have been changing for a long time, and as a recent study by the Center for American Progress found, 76% of the U.S. working class holds service jobs in industries like retail and health care. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 Meghan’s reported resistant approach to maternity leave is different to sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who began her most recent, third maternity leave for Prince Louis around a month before giving birth, and continued for around six months after. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "When Will Pregnant Meghan Markle Begin Her Maternity Leave?," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of recent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for recent

Middle English, from Latin recent-, recens; perhaps akin to Greek kainos new

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English Language Learners Definition of recent

: happening or beginning not long ago


re·​cent | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt \

Kids Definition of recent

1 : of or relating to a time not long past recent history
2 : having lately appeared to come into being : new, fresh recent events

Other Words from recent

recently adverb

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