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

Definition of recently

: during a recent period of time : lately

Synonyms & Antonyms for recently



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The 10-year-old, wearing a green and yellow Storm No. 10 jersey, recently did a school project on Bird and has been wanting to see her play in person for a long time. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 18 June 2022 Wicks most recently worked at UnitedHealth Group until his retirement in 2021. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 18 June 2022 Interestingly, a new term was coined recently to describe how the pandemic affects those in supporting roles: compassion fatigue. Kelly Kubicek, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Daisuke Ido, the bZ4X's chief engineer, recently told Move Electric that a performance version is indeed under consideration and that it would be tuned by the Gazoo Racing team. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 June 2022 For example, Goodwin Living, a caregiving organization for seniors, recently gave its nearly 1,000 employees a gift card for gasoline purchases to help offset the rising cost of commuting. Beth Decarbo, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Scanbox Entertainment recently changed ownership with a new board which includes Sigurjonsson, as well as COO Kim William Beich, commercial director Torben Thorup Jorgensen, and producer Chris Briggs. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 17 June 2022 Her stay was recently extended until at least July 2. Jeneé Osterheldt,, 17 June 2022 Japanese publisher Square Enix Holdings recently offloaded some of their most famous gaming brands, like Tomb Raider, to raise cash for investments in the blockchain. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 17 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recently.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of recently

1533, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About recently

Time Traveler for recently

Time Traveler

The first known use of recently was in 1533

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near recently




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for recently

Last Updated

19 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Recently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on recently

Nglish: Translation of recently for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of recently for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!