re·​cent | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt How to pronounce recent (audio) \

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 The most recent was last season’s smash revival, which was co-directed by Broadway producer Corey Brunish. oregonlive, "Portland Center Stage gives ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ a raucous homecoming," 7 Jan. 2020 The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was a recent 1.811%, compared with 1.787% Friday and 1.909% at the end of last year. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Yields Rise as Investors Assess Mideast Tensions," 6 Jan. 2020 Our more recent preservation adheres to the rigorous standards of the British Library, which funds much of our work. Daniel Genkins, The Conversation, "Building a digital archive for decaying paper documents, preserving centuries of records about enslaved people," 6 Jan. 2020 Earlier Monday, Weinstein, 67, entered the courthouse in New York leaning on a walker following a recent back surgery. Author: Andrew Dalton, Tom Hays, Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, "Harvey Weinstein indicted on new sex crimes charges in California on day his New York trial began," 6 Jan. 2020 At the recent Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Florida, Braswell sounded confident about the transition. Josh Bean |, al, "5-star Alabama signee Chris Braswell confident about playing LB," 6 Jan. 2020 But Islamic Jihad, still smarting from the recent fighting, could join in any regional conflict by firing rockets. Joseph Krauss,, "Tehran has powerful allies if conflict engulfs region," 4 Jan. 2020 This recent study is one of the most statistically significant to date due to its large dataset, and because of the fact that the AI model didn’t just match, but outperformed doctors. Alice Park, Time, "Google's AI Bested Doctors in Detecting Breast Cancer in Mammograms," 1 Jan. 2020 The plane was most recently flown from Houston, Texas, to Lafayette on December 18 and had its most recent maintenance completed in October, Landsberg said. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Plane that crashed in Louisiana was in the air for just over a minute, NTSB says," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of recent was in the 15th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“Recent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of recent

: happening or beginning not long ago


re·​cent | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt How to pronounce recent (audio) \

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

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recently adverb

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