re·​cent·​ly | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt-lē How to pronounce recently (audio) \

Definition of recently

: during a recent period of time : lately

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Examples of recently in a Sentence

She recently graduated from college. I was going to paint the room white, but more recently I've been considering a light blue. I saw him recently for the first time in many years. Only recently did they decide to move. Until recently I had no idea where I would end up finding a job.
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Recent Examples on the Web The community has recently opened its famed 12-acre Crystal Lagoon, a unique staycation destination. Chron, "Lago Mar site for GHBA Benefit home," 13 Feb. 2021 Lopez recently opened up to Allure magazine in a new cover story, sharing how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected her personal and professional life over the last year. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Pairs a Flowing White Dress with Some Extreme Platform Heels in Miami," 11 Feb. 2021 This cult-favorite is a frequent winner at the Great American Beer Festival and requires an in-person visit: Its brews are only available at the expansive brewery and the smaller taproom, which recently opened in town. Julia Heffelfinger, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Breweries and Distilleries Taking Over America's Après-Ski Scene," 11 Feb. 2021 But as Diné geographer and Arizona State University professor Andrew Curley wrote recently, water settlements signed with tribal nations have often been drafted to block tribes from selling their water rights. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Colorado River Crisis Is a National Crisis," 8 Feb. 2021 Secrets wrote recently about baseballs signed by Biden, Obama, and Vice President Kamala Harris and a check signed by Trump. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Auction: Hitler’s Berghof toilet seat and Eva Braun’s nighties," 7 Feb. 2021 The California Legislature recently passed a bill that extended the state’s eviction moratorium and will use up to $2.6 billion in federal rental aid to help clear back rent. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "Pandemic’s Toll on Housing: Falling Behind, Doubling Up," 6 Feb. 2021 The site recently opened up appointments to people who are 65 and older, and a drive-through line has been implemented for anyone with mobility issues. Dallas News, "Bring ID, come early: Patients vaccinated at Fair Park share tips for people scheduled for shots," 3 Feb. 2021 The tug-of-war has been percolating all offseason, as our Phil Miller recently wrote. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Why does MLB wants to delay or shorten season again? Follow the money," 28 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of recently

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recently was in 1533

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Last Updated

19 Feb 2021

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“Recently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recently

: during the period of time that has just passed : not long ago

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