recent

adjective
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

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 .
Recent Examples on the Web China and Taiwan: A recent surge of Chinese air incursions has raised fears for the future of the self-governing democratic island, which the Chinese Communist Party sees as part of its territory despite never having ruled it. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 24 May 2022 Enrique Ruiz Escudero said authorities are investigating possible links between a recent Gay Pride event in the Canary Islands, which drew some 80,000 people, and cases at a Madrid sauna. Maria Cheng, ajc, 23 May 2022 The near-term outlook for Dell’s server and data-storage business is a bit murkier given Cisco Systems ’ most recent quarterly results. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 23 May 2022 On a recent Wednesday night, Erard guided the council through a two-hour training session, via Zoom, on the basics of town government. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The sector has been choppy over the last few weeks and has prompted many of the market’s recent big swings. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 Ten rookies have won the Indy 500, the most recent being Rossi in 2016. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 The state's bear population was estimated to be about 9,000 bears in 1989, while the most recent data indicates the bear population is currently estimated to be more than 24,000 bears. CBS News, 23 May 2022 Enrique Ruiz Escudero said authorities are investigating possible links between a recent Gay Pride event in the Canary Islands, which drew some 80,000 people, and cases at a Madrid sauna. Marcia Cheng, Anchorage Daily News, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Recent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recent. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for recent

recent

adjective
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

Other Words from recent

recently adverb

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