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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Synonyms & Antonyms for recently


freshly, just, late, lately, new, newly, now, only



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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

Laurette shared an adorable photo from the couple’s wedding recently, complete with a sweet caption. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait a Minute: ‘Last Man Standing’ Star Molly McCook’s Mom Is Famous, Too?," 10 May 2019 Until very recently, there wasn’t a hard date on any new film project, but that has now changed, and thankfully, the hiatus will be fairly short. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019 Until recently, few women thought to write about something as seemingly commonplace as motherhood. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Mother Is a Verb’ Review: What’s It Like to Be a Mom?," 9 May 2019 Bernie Sanders, more recently, has talked about gun safety as an issue. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Gun Violence Is a Women's Issue," 27 Mar. 2019 Until recently, few people outside the corporate IT department had heard of Zoom Video Communications Inc., a specialist in videoconferencing software for companies. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "The Tech IPOs Delivering the Most for Investors," 21 Apr. 2019 Until very recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's weekend home had been kept largely private, but photos of the property have since been published. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Moving Out of Their Cotswold Home," 19 Jan. 2019 Most Read Nation & World Stories In Daraa, where the revolt started, hundreds took to the streets recently, offended by the government’s plan to erect a statue of the president’s father, the late Hafez Assad. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 Police did raid stores selling CBD up until recently, but hemp’s potential as a cash crop have state legislators working on getting IL in on the action. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of recently

1533, in the meaning defined above

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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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