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 virologist, who led the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS between 1995 and 2008, said in a recent interview that a vaccine is needed for any type of normalacy in daily life. Fox News, "Top scientist who battled COVID-19 says 'we will never ... live normally' without vaccine," 12 May 2020 Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview with The New York Times. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "Is Biden Going to Repeat Obama’s Immigration Mistakes?," 12 May 2020 In one recent interview, CMS Administrator Seema Verma all but declared permanent expansion a fait accompli. Casey Ross, STAT, "Telehealth rules have shifted rapidly during the pandemic. Are the changes here to stay?," 7 May 2020 Its recent survey shows how quickly people’s perceptions change. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "Trust in government now exceeds the public’s faith in business," 7 May 2020 In a recent interview, spoke out about how the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down schools, businesses, and events across the world, is disproportionately affecting Black entertainers in Hollywood. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gabrielle Union Highlights the Pandemic's Disproportionate Effect on Black Entertainers," 5 May 2020 Ken Tape of UAF’s Geophysical Institute, a co-author with Jones on a recent paper, has studied the beaver’s expansion to northern Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Explosion of beavers on the Baldwin Peninsula is part of their march north of the Arctic Circle," 2 May 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the U.S. government was taking seriously the possibility that the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan lab during a recent interview on Hugh Hewitt's radio show. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Majority of US spy agencies believe the coronavirus escaped from Wuhan lab," 2 May 2020 In a recent interview with the Financial Times, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his concern over the lack of solidarity in the EU during the coronavirus crisis. Fortune, "Coronavirus is making clear there is no solidarity in the EU," 2 May 2020

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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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16 May 2020

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“Recent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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