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 Spring pointed to the city’s recent announcement about a $35 million, one-time investment in affordable housing. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, "Issue 3: Proponents, opponents square off in virtual Enquirer debate," 29 Apr. 2021 The higher water appears to be almost entirely the result of a few years of unusually strong rains, a recent study concludes, but that pattern is already giving way to drier conditions. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "After revival, Iran’s great salt lake faces new peril," 29 Apr. 2021 People who got one dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines and contracted COVID-19 were less likely to spread the virus to others in their household than sick people who were unvaccinated, according to a recent study by Public Health England. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Shift workers more likely to get severe COVID-19; common irritable bowel medications make vaccine less effective: Coronavirus update for April 29, 2021," 29 Apr. 2021 The two-dose CoronaVac vaccination is 67% effective in preventing the disease and 80% effective in preventing death, according to a recent study in Chile. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil Covid-19 Variant Tears Through South America in Warning to World," 28 Apr. 2021 And a recent study found that 30% of people who had Covid-19 still had symptoms up to nine months after infection. Holly Yan, CNN, "Covid-19 vaccine myths: These reasons for not getting a shot don't hold up. In fact, they'll set the US back," 28 Apr. 2021 Sinclair has also founded at least 12 biotech companies and serves on the boards of several more, one of which is already pursuing human clinical trials of a gene therapy based on his recent Nature study. New York Times, "How Long Can We Live?," 28 Apr. 2021 That’s the percentage of Covid-19 infections that are caused by asymptomatic people, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network. Jack Brewster, Forbes, "‘That’s Incorrect’: Fauci Says Joe Rogan Was Wrong To Tell Young Listeners To Not Get Vaccinated," 28 Apr. 2021 As many as half a million barrels could still be underwater today, according to old records and a recent UC Santa Barbara study that provided the first photos of this pollution bubbling 3,000 feet under the sea. Rosanna Xia, Star Tribune, "DDT dump site off LA coast much bigger than scientists expected," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Recent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from recent

recently adverb

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