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

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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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Scroll down to the most recent messages in the chat in question. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How To Save Text Messages on Your iPhone," 11 June 2019 After the most recent court decision, Atlanta is no longer working with Bergthold, a city of Atlanta spokesperson said. Erin Schilling, ajc, "Sex shop wins a round in long-running dispute with Atlanta," 11 June 2019 The city’s most recent target is the former Anamet manufacturing complex. Michael Puffer, courant.com, "When industry departs, municipalities can be stuck with costly, blighted brownfield sites," 10 June 2019 The Census Bureau, after its most recent decennial count in 2010, reported that 2.9 percent of people in the United States, about 9 million, identified as multiracial. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "Karson Baldwin champions Multiracial Heritage Week to celebrate everybody exactly as they are," 9 June 2019 Missing from the action was former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the leader in the most recent poll of Iowa voters by The Des Moines Register/CNN, who remained in Washington to attend his granddaughter’s high school graduation. New York Times, "Democrats Descend on Iowa for a Chance to Break Through," 9 June 2019 The head of the party that won the most recent election typically serves as prime minister. Washington Post, "Third candidate for UK prime minister reveals past drug use," 9 June 2019 The most recent Belmont Stakes winner to break from Gate 1 was Empire Maker in 2003. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 In early 2017, following the most recent banner spring/summer for turkey nesting success and poult survival in 2016, about 70 percent of the turkeys that TPWD crews trapped, banded and released were juvenile birds. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Texas turkeys thriving after mild, wet spring," 8 June 2019

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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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The first known use of recent was in the 15th century

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recent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of recent

: happening or beginning not long ago

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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