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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Wei-Yin Chen’s six-inning, one-run outing on Friday was the most recent example of a Marlins pitcher enjoying success in Miami. Mike Persak,, "Marlins pitchers downplay effect of Marlins Park on better home splits," 14 July 2018 Take the recent incidents in the U.K. involving the Russian nerve agent dubbed Novichok. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 The prospect turned deadly in a recent incident in Fountain Hills. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "When and how to discuss senior-housing options with aging parents," 13 July 2018 Regardless, the return — after a four-game suspension, the offseason's most recent setback — of Julian Edelman, who will be a year removed from his ACL tear by opening day, should largely offset any concerns in the receiving corps. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Patriots training camp questions: Will rocky offseason carry over for AFC champions?," 13 July 2018 The most recent attack, however, is raising uncomfortable questions not only about anti-Semitic sentiments but also about the response of authorities. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A Baltimore professor was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack and then German police punched him," 13 July 2018 Eber likens Hartford to Orlando City FC, his most recent venture in pro soccer. Shawn Mcfarland,, "How Local Businessman Bruce Mandell Brought Pro Soccer To Hartford," 13 July 2018 Kravitz’s succeeds model Edie Campbell, who was the most recent face of the fragrance. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Zoë Kravitz Is Also Now a Fragrance Spokesmodel," 13 July 2018 The most recent entry in my Era Of Actually Watching Movies: Eighth Grade, directed by Bo Burnham and starring Elsie K. Fisher. Sara Benincasa, Longreads, "Great Reviews Of Movies I Have Never Seen: A Reading List," 13 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of recent

: happening or beginning not long ago


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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