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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At the most recent fair, in October of 2018, visitors could browse booths, nibble on food from local vendors, stop to play a game of cornhole, or cozy up to a firepit—all to the tune of live music. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Field + Supply: The Craft Fair Worth Traveling Cross Country For," 12 Apr. 2019 Their most recent stint reportedly lasted from November 2017, after her breakup with The Weeknd, to around March 2018. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber Says He Loves Selena Gomez While Defending His Marriage to Hailey Baldwin," 26 Mar. 2019 The six-episode series will tell the stories of some of the most notorious criminals in recent history. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Donnie Wahlberg Just Signed on to Host Another Show," 9 Mar. 2019 My most recent work comes from historical paintings. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "As Frieze Los Angeles Opens, Three Young California Artists Are Reinventing What Figurative Painting Can Be," 15 Feb. 2019 That is intended to stop the practice of sending those foster youth to facilities in other states — though a recent report estimated that would cost about $50 million for the budget cycle. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "House Democrats want capital-gains tax to help pay for $52.6 billion Washington budget plan," 26 Mar. 2019 According to recent reports, Meghan and Prince Harry have spent more than $200,000 on the new nursery at Frogmore Cottage—which Markle paid for out of her own pocket. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 That's according to a recent study on divorce rates by Philip N. Cohen of the University of Maryland. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The U.S. Divorce Rate Is Going Down, and We Have Millennials to Thank," 27 Feb. 2019 Despite the recent reports, a source recently told US Weekly that Selena has no plans to date anyone anytime soon. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Are Selena Gomez and Zac Efron Really Dating?," 14 Feb. 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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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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