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adjective re·cent \ˈrē-sənt\

Definition of recent

  1. 1a :  having lately come into existence :  new, freshb :  of or relating to a time not long past

  2. 2 capitalized :  holocene

recentness

noun

Examples of recent in a Sentence

  1. Recent events have brought attention to the problem.

  2. I usually watch that show every week, but I missed the most recent episode.

  3. Medical science has made amazing progress in recent decades.

  4. That was the biggest earthquake in recent history .

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Origin and Etymology of recent

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


First Known Use: 15th century



RECENT Defined for English Language Learners

recent

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Definition of recent for English Language Learners

  • : happening or beginning not long ago


RECENT Defined for Kids

recent

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adjective re·cent \ˈrē-sənt\

Definition of recent for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a time not long past recent history

  2. 2 :  having lately appeared to come into being :  new, fresh recent events

recently

adverb


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