recent

adjective
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

While the horror genre is already well-suited to tackling cultural and social anxieties, no movie in recent memory has done so with more surgical precision — or scares and laughs — than Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 The Hill reported that a recent poll showed 56% of likely voters in Michigan favor legalization. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Marijuana in the 2018 Midterms: A State-by-State Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The Pixel 3 has been one of the wildest product launches in recent memory. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 With the release of A Star Is Born inching closer, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are deep in the throes of one of the most extensive press tours in recent memory. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Watch Lady Gaga Tear Up While Surprising Fans at A Star Is Born Screening," 4 Oct. 2018 But fires in 2018 are 30 percent larger than the average over the past decade, making this year far worse than most in recent memory. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step," 12 Nov. 2018 The dramatic application is a style more often seen on the runways (see Fendi’s recent couture show, for example), but Lipa’s latest snap proves how just how easily it can be taken to the streets. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Proves Why an Extreme Cat Eye Is an Instant Look Changer," 11 Nov. 2018 Despite the market’s recent cool-down, home values continue to rise, appreciating an average of 7.6 percent in just the last year alone, underscoring the continued affordability crisis. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The number of ‘million-dollar neighborhoods’ in the U.S. has doubled," 9 Nov. 2018 According to the Palace, Will and Kate will be meeting with new apprentices today, in addition to hearing from recent graduates and learning about how the programs are helping Essex as a whole engage with the world of sports. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 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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recent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of recent

: happening or beginning not long ago

recent

adjective
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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