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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Maybe, but recent history has not supported the idea composure will be an asset in the rivalry game. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Louisville in 2018," 13 July 2018 Must every patient be interrogated for a recent history of foreign travel? Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Other outlets like Forbes also view the newest movie as the icing on the cake on what may be the best action film franchise in recent history. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': What the Critics Are Saying," 12 July 2018 Indiana has seen its first death from hepatitis A associated with the recent outbreak of the contagious liver disease, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana sees first death in multi-state hepatitis A outbreak," 11 July 2018 This is not the first time in recent history that people in Iran have been arrested for breaking the ban. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "How Social Media in Iran Is Used as a Tool for Protest," 11 July 2018 The race was one of the closest in recent county history and will mean that the next five-member County Council, to be installed in December, will have all new members. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard council incumbent's loss confirmed in ballot recount," 11 July 2018 There’s recent history that suggests that opposing a Supreme Court nominee doesn’t hurt — and might help — the candidate saying no. Jonathan Tamari,, "Bob Casey won't consider Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. GOP hopes to make him pay," 10 July 2018 His stylings throughout his managerial career have pretty much reflected the recent history of the national team. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "England’s Hottest Fashion Item: Gareth Southgate’s Waistcoat," 9 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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