re·cent·ly | \ˈrē-sᵊnt-lē \

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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But here’s the thing: The Lions have a new regime under president Rod Wood and GM Bob Quinn that recently has parted ways with key people, or moved them out of the way, who were part of previous regimes. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Lions voice Jim Brandstatter deserved better than this," 13 July 2018 West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has been impressed with Antonio at the club's training camp in Switzerland recently, as the former England international worked alone to improve his fitness during the trip., "Lazio Star Felipe Anderson Undergoing West Ham Medical as Club Record Move Edges Closer," 13 July 2018 Rhys Hoskins recently had a run-in with an outfield wall. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Rhys Hoskins is in the Home Run Derby. Why he wanted a different All-Star celebration," 11 July 2018 And one Lamborghini owner recently had one of those bad days. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Minivan Driver Leaves Gas Station With Nozzle Still in Tank, Setting Lamborghini On Fire," 11 July 2018 The Marlins have had plenty of chances recently for walk-offs, with Monday’s game the third in the last four home games that dipped into extra innings. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 4, Milwaukee Brewers 3 (10 innings)," 10 July 2018 Health recently had the chance to catch up with the influencer at PopSugar Playground and chatted with her about everything from eating well to having a healthy mindset. Rebecca Shinners,, "The Surprising Thing Kayla Itsines Says You Should Do If You Want Stronger Abs," 10 July 2018 In Europe, the liberal immigration policies that many governments implemented until recently never had widespread popular support, said Ivar Arpi, a conservative editorial writer at Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Karl Ritter, The Seattle Times, "US, Europe clamp down on migration even as arrivals drop," 9 July 2018 County officials recently had a dedication ceremony at the center, which opened in December. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Brad Veerman remembered as a 'great public servant'," 9 July 2018

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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